Some days, a good fast fitness hike is the best medicine. A wet, cold May morning – no rain today, but yesterday so the forest was wet and slick, but very little mud.

Headed out to TH by 6:30 and was hiking by 6:45. Oddly, very little cloud cover to start …

It was crazy crowded for that time of morning as all of the Friday ‘before work’ crowd hit the hill – several I had seen a couple of weeks ago. A very fast first incline and then coming down the second time, I ran into a woman who had so much smelling stuff on her body that i almost got sick – turned around and went back up the hill to avoid passing her.

Once and twice at the top, the air was anything but stable and gave quite a show

The parks were doing some maintenance … making the trail look like pot-hole construction. Helpful, I assume …

There were some new flowers yet most of the older ones (trillium for example) were gone … the vegetation was explosive

Summary: A great fitness ramble and something to do anytime free time allows.

All Trails Factoids
Distance: 7.95 miles | Elevation Gain: 2,001 ft | Avg Pace 21:55 / miles — Recording

Gear TypeFor this Hike
PackGregory Citro 30
New Pack: A gear review will be published shortly (3rd hike)
ShoesColumbia fabric boots
Top LayersBaselayer LS + lightweight poly LS
Bottom LayerREI Sahara convertible pants
SocksDual layer REI Poly liner + REI lightweight Merino wool
GaiterREI ‘On the Trail Gaiters’
WaterBladder 2 L – 1L + 375ml consumed
Supporting toolsTrekking pole – used and needed
No toe callous bumpers – emergency only

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