Ten of us gather at a trail head to begin our trek to Big Cat Mountain. Today's forecast; freaking hot! The current temperature; something less than freaking hot! We're passed by a few mountain bikers and that seemed the better way to travel the route, today.
We follow a rolling route for about 2 miles and then begin a very steep.....
....and at times really, really steep climb to Big Cat Mountain. Yes, it's kind of rugged but so, so beautiful.
Our group reaches the peak and takes a well deserved break. An idiot spray painted a message on the rock.
Then we begin the down climb. I forgot my hiking pole so it made the descent somewhat perilous but I survived with only a brief slip or two. We finished with 5.2 miles and all had a good time but I did run out of fluids at the end with the temp at 98 degrees!!! My next hikes will be at elevation where it is 15-25 degrees cooler.
The new Cooper Hawks can be seen around where I live. One has conquered flight while the other is seen running like a Roadrunner. Hopefully it learns flight before the night critters find it.