Monserate Mountain Trail...

John Muir said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Since leaving Tahoe, we have felt like we were missing hiking. We remedied that today.

In 2008, Steve and I hiked the Grand Canyon. Our training ground was this place- Monserate Mountain. Its Trail Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked path that is rated as difficult (it has a 1,381' elevation gain).
Monserate Mountain is one of a number of beautiful Preserves managed by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The trail takes a no-nonsense approach up the west side of the mountain through the typical mix of chaparral and coastal sage scrub, leading to panoramic vistas of Fallbrook’s avocado orchards, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding mountains. Because the trail is steep and exposed, it is best enjoyed in cooler temperatures. When we began it was 60° and 2.25 hours later it was 84°. We should have gone earlier. That said, I made exceptionally great time for not having done any sort of hiking in ages.
All along the path we found markers remembering 9/11. It was very moving and gave us cause to pause and think (and catch my breath).
Mr. Muir is so right! Fun morning in SoCal.

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