This is a hike that I’ve only walked a few times, yet it’s a beauty. The first time, I discovered it quite by accident years ago. No signs or marker, just a thin trail I happened to notice meekly winding it’s secretive way through the grassy woodland until it was lost from view. I took it not knowing where it might lead. Miles later it ended at Hi Mountain Fire Lookout. It was so lovely I knew I would have to return.
On this day we started at the other end, my daughter and I, at the lookout, and headed down Hi Mtn Trail. We chose Sunday morning as the weather was ideal, a weekend lull in the weeks long heat. The trail was overgrown here and there, which was okay by us. We brought along a delicious lunch of noodles, raspberry tart pie and lemonade, which filled us with energy.
Where the trail leveled out below is a lovely grassy area with a fantastic view of the Arroyo Grande back country. We continued along, rounding bends, climbing little rises and then down again, always tempted by glimpses of the valley below. It reminded me of that line in Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken:
“Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back”
Following are some pics of our hike. Won’t you come along?