I decided to take a solo hike this past weekend and settled on the high slopes of Mount Diablo's Eagle Peak.
The hike is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Long enough to work up a sweat, high enough for beautiful views and hard enough to keep me on my toes and keep my mind focused. I packed light taking only my iPhone for the occasional artistic snapshot along the way.
The recent rains have wonderful for the mountain. The hillsides are a lush green and wildflowers are sprouting along the trail. From the calls of the wild turkeys echoing through the canyon to the splash of the runoff intom the creeks the sound of spring on the mountain was all around me.
It's days like this that I remember why I like hiking. The sights of spring on the mountain and being alone on the trail is a unique peace hard to describe.
This coming weekend I look forward to hitting the trail with Alice as we return to Diablo's Donner Falls to see the creek's progress.
It's a magical time on the mountain and I plan to make the most of it.