From the parking lot at Circle X Ranch, Boney Mountain rises above:
From the parking lot, hike down the gravel road to the campgrounds. The gravel is loose and my kids fell. I slipped a couple times myself. There was a car parked down here so it's drivable but I'm not sure you are supposed to. after .25, the trail begins:
When you finally get to the field, look back!
|Entering the difficult part|
|Time to repel|
|The water is freezing! Only way to take this picture was to get in!|
|Beyond the Grotto, still cool but difficult to reach|
The one exercise that I need to work on is Dips. Relying on your triceps is essential for minor rock climbing. Otherwise, you'll put too much pressure on your knees. Honestly, I'm blowing this out of proportion. You can be 50 pounds overweight and still be able to achieve the Grotto. The trail was shaded and easy. You are heading down nearly the entire time to the spot and then up to get out. The up is not that difficult so bring your lunch and make a picnic out of it.
*****Rewind, Day 117: 2 Miles + 125 Feet more door to door donation in Ventura. No Park involved but the off road scenery brought me back the the thick I trekked on day 114. This time I covered the area closest to foothill and then hiked the creek until I hit a 25 foot wall of earth.
**Double rewind, a few pics of Day 112 in Ventura: