so here is my trek up Blue Mountain, it was a beautiful clear day, it had rained two days before so no smog, just windy. The climb takes you up a mile in elevation with a 3 mile round trip. The Friends of Blue Mountain (a hiking group that is purchasing private land to remain pristine from development) sponsored this one-day-out-of-the-year event to help raise money and awareness. Normally it is a NO TRESPASSING zone, but everyone is invited to climb this one day a year (sometimes falls on Earth Day). Some booths and porta-potties were at the bottom (they need some at the summit, after giving us bottles of water to drink while hiking). This is a strenuous hike as the trails are steep.
this is looking down from a fifth of the way up at where the starting point was
Of course I had to take photos of the flowers in bloom, mostly blue white and purple ones
the trail is nice and wide so firetrucks have access (the mt has caught fire many times during the dry summer season, usually from fireworks) and for trucks to service the repeater towers at the summit
plenty of people brought their furry friends along with them
even Starr the llama came
and this doggie had the latest footwear, at the top were splendid views, including the snow capped mountains across the valley
the summit has towers and they had set up a table with emergency equipment (if anyone developed a medical emergency), a sign in book and bottles of water, we could stay as long as we wanted as long as we were off the mt by 1 PM.
the rock formations look interesting too
these next pics are with the zoom lens on what used to be two large hills/small mts that have been mined for a cement company when the second one is done I think they will be out of business
and somewhere in there is my home
was I ever sore the next day having done the 5K and then this hike two days running