The drive to Mugu Peak was hilarious. I kept teasing Jp that it was like a scene out of a scary movie (google: Joy Ride). She kept giving me the dirtiest looks because she hates scary movies, and GPS lady kept giving us insane directions.
This was supposed to be a scenic and beautiful ocean cliff hike. I should have seen the signs when we walked through the gates and the bathrooms were burned down.
We should have turned around and found a different hike then, but we continued on and realized that everything was burned to the ground.
Well… almost. At least this tree survived.
This is what our trail looked like for the entire trip. >_< I felt like I was walking through scenes of a video game called Fallout: New Vegas.
Still, we tried to make the best of it. We stumbled upon this old rusty water reservoir and Jp thought it would be funny to do this shot because I’m the most reckless and adventurous of us five. Explore a possibly dangerous and scary tin container? Yes, please. Somebody hold her back! lol.
Still got some pretty nice photos despite the wreckage. Never hiked in a setting like this before and will do more research ahead of time before picking a trail. Live and learn.
I felt terrible for coercing Art and Robert to wake up at 5 a.m. to do this hike with us, and it not turning at all like I thought it would be. But Art turned to me and said, “don’t feel bad. It’s not like you started the fire.” Then I took the standard Britt and Jp shot.
You know, for being as little as I am, I can hike pretty darn fast. I scouted ahead to see where the top of the peak and flag pole were, then took this photo. I labeled all the peeps accordingly. Robert and Patrick made the mistake of attempting to run up the peak, underestimating the distance. Boy were they tired and wrong, haha.
I absolutely dislike fire trails, but this took Fire Road to a whole new level. And it smelled like poop the whole way. I thought I was the only one who thought so, but Jp agreed and thought it was her that smelled, lol. But Art said this is what burnt smells like. It was incredibly unpleasant.
But we made it to the top. Still couldn’t see the ocean because of the clouds but I learned a valuable lesson today. If I want to hike a trail in CA, I better check up and see if there was a recent fire – no one mentioned this on Yelp or Hikespeak. I did research the trail, I even printed a map and labeled it myself (thank God), cuz Robert asked some girls for directions and they pointed in the opposite way of where we were supposed to go. But my crew trusted me, and we got to our destination. ♥ Hey, if anything, we got to get our hikers tan on. Yes, that’s all dirt on my legs.
Happy hiking my friends. xoxo ~ Britt