5.15.2011

Hiking El Moro Canyon and No Name Ridge

On Sunday the Little Sister organized a hike in El Moro Canyon near Crystal Cove State Beach. I suggested we leave at 7am to avoid the sun and heat. Here is the map of the hikes in El Moro Canyon. We started at the parking area where it has "No Dogs" on the trail map, then went to "No Name Ridge", cut over on "W. Cut Across" and finished the loop on El Moro Canyon. I clocked the hike at 4.5 miles.

All in all this sounded like a fairly easy hike. The sisters and I left the house at 7am and arrived at about 7:30. There had been a little bit of dew on the windshield as we were driving but I didn't think anything of it. We live near the beach and morning moisture is normal.
No Name Ridge Trail: West Loop
Two minutes after beginning our hike it started to drizzle. Now I will admit it, I am a little stubborn, and so are my sisters. A little drizzle was not going to stop us from our hike. I mean, if we got up early for this, we were going to finish it. We continued the hike up the No Dogs section of the trail. Looking behind me I could see the ocean. You can barely make it out in this picture.
No Name Ridge Trail: West Loop
The hike continued and so did the drizzle. Soon mud was embedded in our shoes and making it a little hard to maintain our footing. My hair was wet and my clothes were beginning to get very cold and damp. At the top of No Name Ridge the wind blew the water into our faces and made me wish I had planned a little better for the hike. Maybe a rain slicker would have been a good idea. In my defense, I had checked the weather and rain was nowhere on the forecast.
No Name Ridge Trail: West Loop
I will say, if you have to have an adventure like I was having, it is always fun to have my sisters along. We were laughing and finding inventive ways to remove the mud from our shoes when it started to get to hard to walk with all the buildup. And the hike was very pretty.
No Name Ridge Trail: West Loop
No Name Ridge Trail: West Loop
Just as we made it back to the parking lot, the drizzle that had been with us the entire hike turned into rain. We got to the car and put our mud shoes in the trunk. The hike had taken about 1.5 hours. While it didn't feel that difficult, later in the day I took a solid three hour nap. I guess it took more out of me then I thought.

In closing I will say this: while it was cold and wet, I still had a good time with my sisters hiking El Moro Canyon. In the future I hope to do a longer hike with better weather.

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