I look forward to Saturday mornings. I am able to get up early and out of the house while everyone else is asleep and walk with a friend. Good thing we had an early start this day since it ended up being one of the warmest in recent weeks.
We did an out and back hike with the first half mostly going uphill and the second half going downhill. We walked our neighborhood to the trail head and then hit the trails to the flag pole at the end of the Patriot trail in the San Juan Hills.
Looking east towards our local Santa Ana Mountain range.
The views are amazing this time of year. Even with the small amount of rain bestowed upon us the hills are full of greens and yellows. Of course, the early morning light highlighted everything in sight just perfectly.
We headed west towards the Pacific and were given a sneak peek between the rolling hills.
According to Endomondo our hike totaled 5.73 miles with an elevation gain of 837 feet. Not too shabby.
(All photos taken and edited on my iPhone. Only the curl borders I added using Photoscape on my PC.)
I felt fantastic, made it home before anyone was awake, then made some coffee.
Early morning hikes are good for the soul not to mention your well-being.
For more information on the trails surrounding San Juan Capistrano check these links out:
- Hiking the Roller Coaster Ridge Trail (links to the SoCal Hiker website. FYI, Jeff leads a hike on Wednesday nights if you are interested.)
- SJC Flag Hill and Patriot Trail or Flagpole Hike – for Families (links to Fun Orange County Parks website)
- City Trails: San Juan Capistrano