For years, if I didn’t have a buddy to hike with me, I went by myself. I have hundreds of miles logged solo, mostly because I couldn’t find anyone to pack up at the "11th hour."
A few months ago I was hiking up
The weeks following, I attended a few of the Meetup.com’s “Happy Hour Backpacking”
The Zion Loop
Today, we did a ten-mile loop into Big Santa Anita Canyon via the historic Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Camp,
Like always, the group is as diverse as it is fun. Good people who truly enjoy the out of doors.
We met at the bottom of the hill and car-pooled up to Chantry. There, we met up with Dana and we began our hike down into the canyon. Our first stop was Sturtevant Falls, then on up the trail, past a couple miles of cascading streams to Stuertevant Camp.
Chris, the camp host, took us on a tour of the 100-year old retreat center. His friends, Dennis, joined us as we toured the kitchen as well as the old ranger station; one of the first and oldest in the USA.
After lunch, and after a little exposition from the personal trainers, we packed our bags and headed up and over Mt. Zion to Hoegees Camp where we took
off our shoes and cooled our feet in the crystal-clear water of Winter Creek.
Three miles back to where we started nearly six hours earlier!
So, it looks like my solo hiking days are thwarted….