I can't believe it's been 3 years since I've been on the Hogback trail. Last time I was on it was just before USDAA Nationals in 2007 and I freaked out because I was sure I was going to be eaten by a mountain lion. No dogs or bikes are allowed on the trail and since a good chunk of my life involves dogs and bikes and I didn't want to go back up there alone it makes sense that I haven't returned for a while. But it's so convenient and Jonny and I thought it would be relaxing to do a hike that didn't involve a drive across town.
Luckily we spent the morning cleaning up leaves in the yard so we weren't up high on a ridge when an unexpected storm front blew through at lunch time. But the storm quickly cleared and we were treated to a rainbow at the start of our hike.
Everything is so dry and brown and while I'm not looking forward to the end of our mild weather we sorely need tomorrow's predicted rain/snow.
Deer are abundant on this trail. They're abundant in my neighborhood too but it's nice to see them in a more natural setting.
Can you see why I was worried about mountain lions on this part of the trail? It's hard to see but the trail winds it's way between and slightly below the big piles of rocks. Perfect place for a big kitty to lie in wait.
View of the plains looking east from the top of the hill. The big blue splotch is the Boulder Rez and the ridge to the west of it and running east/west is the Eagle trail. Biking/running trails drop down to the north and running only trails are to the south. All of them allow dogs off leash except for a small bird conservation area around the smaller lake to the west of the Rez. Probably doesn't look all that scenic from this view but down at trail level it's pretty fantabulous.
I like the solo tree sticking out of the hillside.
I have one more day of sun and 70's then the reality of early winter sets in.