It was another warm, sunny weekend here on the central coast–are you sure this is winter?
On Saturday, Jeff and I decided to celebrate the unseasonably warm weather with a hike in Morro Bay. We weren’t looking for anything too long or strenuous, so we settled on hiking one of the peaks created by the series of nine volcanoes that used to dominate the area–Black Hill. When you move to SLO, it’s sort of a rite of passage to climb another of the sisters, Bishop’s Peak, but we’ve hiked few of the others in the area. Plus, the trail was described as a moderate 3 mile round trip hike with a 600 foot elevation gain. Perfect for a short afternoon hike!
We had briefly looked up directions to the trailhead before driving out to Morro Bay that morning, but thank god for cell service, because this was one of those totally random, completely unmarked trailheads. After driving aimlessly through the golf course looking at our phones and trying to get our bearings, we decided to park at the marina and then walk through the campsite to where we thought the trail started.
Only when we got there, of course there wasn’t a sign marking a trail. But we knew the direction we had to go–up! So we found what could have been described as a trail–or as water runoff–and headed up. After hiking for a bit, we finally found what looked like a real trail. Hallelujah! The trail was gorgeous and easy at first, but then suddenly became ridiculously steep for a stretch until we reached the water tower only to discover a parking lot at the top! Apparently, we could have driven most of the way and then just hiked the 1/4 mile at the end, but what’s the fun in that?
Despite all of the confusion with the trail, the 360 view at the top was totally worth it. But next time I’m looking at better directions!
Did you do anything fun this weekend?