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Hiking above my town
12/8/06, 4:39pm (Last Edited: 12/8/06, 4:40pm)
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On a recent afternoon I went for a hike up towards the Snail's Head. This is the view I see from my house looking south across the Tule River.

No doubt Native Americans camped right where my house is, on a bluff above the Tule River. Just about a hundred feet from my front door are bedrock mortars in huge granite rocks. They, too, I'm sure enjoyed the view of the Snail's Head. It rises about 1,000 feet above town to the south.

The area surrounding the Snail's Head is that of a private rancher's but I recently learned from a long-time local that if one or two hikers want to hike up there and don't litter or shoot or anything he'll allow it. So I set out to find a place to start hiking. Needles to say, it is not easy to find a legal place to park and hike from. Locals don't take kindly to you blocking their driveways and jumping their fences and hiking through their yards, but I talked to someone up at the Lighthouse Church which borders the ranch and he let me park there and start hiking. After I told him I worked for the Forest Service he said I'm welcome back anytime.

I crawled through the barbed wire fence surrounding the church property and then quickly found an old cow trail to follow. At first the going wasn't too steep but soon the cow trails faded and the terrain got tougher. But I admired the many lichen covered rocks, the oak and buckeye trees that have mostly lost their leaves and are prepared for winter dormancy, and the expansive grassy slopes. Already wary of mountain lions that frequent the hills, I saw a pile of cat scat and then decided to turn back. About another 20 minutes and I would've had the summit... But I climbed just high enough above town to get some great views. And, thankfully, the mountain isn't going anywhere, so I'll go back another time after I find someone to join me... and maybe once our winter rains begin and the hills get green and the flowers bloom Holler if you'd like to join me...

The view looking northwest

The view looking north at Hatchett Peak, and my house is down there somewhere

Another view of Hatchett Peak, which rises about 2,200 feet above Springville. I would like to climb it, too, but once again to find out who owns the land and if they allow access...

The view looking northeast, Dennison Mountain is in the distance

The view looking east, Moses Mountain at 9,300 feet is just peaking up and over Lumreau Mountain.

I've known some local firefighters to climb this hill for a training run. It has a cross on the top.

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Re: Hiking above my town
12/8/06, 9:19pm
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You live in a very nice neighborhood!

Thanks for sharing.

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12/10/06, 7:27am
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Your travels and haunts are so familiar to me, it's like we live in the same mountain range....just a county apart. Some days your posts here show the exact places I drove past the previous week. We really should meet some day soon! Your foothill images are very nice. When I used to live in 3 Rivers, I saw a lot of the same peaks, but from a different angle.

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12/11/06, 7:00am
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>Your travels and haunts are so familiar to me, it's like we
>live in the same mountain range....just a county apart. Some
>days your posts here show the exact places I drove past the
>previous week. We really should meet some day soon! Your
>foothill images are very nice. When I used to live in 3
>Rivers, I saw a lot of the same peaks, but from a different
>angle.

We definitely should get together for a hike! Any ideas? There are a couple of easier peaks in the CA Hot Springs area that I'd like to try.

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12/11/06, 7:01am
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>You live in a very nice neighborhood!
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>Thanks for sharing.

I think so You're welcome!

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