Today we hiked Mount Saint Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. We summited the North Peak which stands at 4,342 feet as the highest point in the San Francisco Bay Area Watershed. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by numerous geysers and hot springs which can be seen while on the climb. Our hike started out around 9am when the weather was pretty cool. Be sure, as on every hike you plan, to layer up! Do your best to avoid cotton clothing. Instead wear materials that will wick sweat away from your body and will maintain the healthiest and most comfortable conditions for you to climb in all day.
That's my fiance and me at the trail head! Why do we look so excited?? Well because of the nutritious breakfast in our bellies :) But seriously, eat a breakfast with whole grains and protein for long lasting energy. This morning we enjoyed some oatmeal mixed with ground flaxseed and cinnamon complimented by a delicious coffee for the extra caffeine of course. Toast, fruit, and greek yogurt are also great options if oatmeal isn't your thing. To maintain your energy throughout the hike, pack snacks! Granola bars, bananas, and peanut butter sandwiches (AND PLENTY OF WATER) made for a tasty lunch and re-engergized us for the 5.1 mile trek back down the mountain.
|...The Fire Road...|
Now some information about the trail itself...The first mile to mile and a half consisted of some switchbacks and technical sections. After that the fire road was how we traveled up.
|...The Final Summit Push...|
A few miles later we had the summit in sight. The trail doesn't look too bad right?? Psh! False! It was quite a steep push! And oh so worth it. After sweating out the last 1.5 miles we summited and in less than 2 hours. The views were INCREDIBLE. 360 degrees of mountains, Lake Berryessa, and the Pacific Ocean.
After lunch, we started back and the climb down flew by! Within 1.5 hours we had made it all the way back to the trail head once again.
Go out and enjoy it :)