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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 503: Cajon Pass - Views of Mt. Baldy - Oak Hill Road - Calico Ghost Town - Vegas

Mt. Baldy (San Antonio Mountain)

Day #503 * Hike #566 * New Track #501
Sunday April 1, 2012
Cajon Pass - Oak Hills, California

Views of Mt. Baldy from Hesperia
My Tripometer: 30 Minutes * 1 Mile * +125 Feet


 Trailhead

Directions:
From the I-15 en route to Vegas, head north past the 138 up the Cajon Pass.  Just after you summit at over 4000 feet, take the very next exit on Oak Hill Road, exit #138 (not to be confused with State Route 138 - mere coincidence with the mile #).  Turn left over the bridge and on the other side of the freeway you will see this open space.

 Amazing Views from here and space to trek

Boy was it windy!!!  Constant 50 mph+ winds with gusts over 60mph!  Insane!!!  We were driving for nearly 2 hours at this point and I could not resist the temptation.  Jess and the kids stayed inside the car while I ran down the hill to complete a quick hike.  Don't worry, they had some snacks to munch on while they watched a movie in the van...

 The lower section of the journey

 More views...

I hiked and camped at the top of Mt. Baldy several years ago.  At just over 10,000 feet, Mt. Baldy was one of the toughest climbs that I have done.  Nothing that I have done in my first 500 days compares to that adventure.  With a heavy overnight pack on my back and hail like conditions on the top, my Mt. Baldy experience is one that I will remember forever, even without blogging about it :)


...The road trip to Vegas continues...


 Next pit stop, Calico...

Not a Hike, Today...

We opted not to enter the town due to the admission fees.  It was only $6 per adult and $3 per kid but that was enough for us to say no.  For the most part, every hike that I do is free, just as this blog is free!  The ranger said that you can park your car and walk around the old mining town for an hour and a half.  The kids were eager to reach Vegas and not too interested in exploring these ruins.  **A few years ago we stopped by a free ghost town on our Death Valley Trip.  So, no big deal. 


Day #503 * Hike #567 * Duplicate Track
Sunday April 1, 2012
Mandalay Bay to M&M World - Las Vegas, Nevada

My Tripometer: 3 Hours * 1.75 Miles * +125 Feet

 Outside the MGM

 M&M World

In front of New York New York

It was a cold windy day in Vegas.  Ayden braved the elements and jumped into the Mandalay Bay wave pool.  Although the water was warm, the cold wind made for an uncomfortable condition.  Alyssa and I dipped our feet in while little brother was body surfing the waves.  Then, Ayden and I warmed up in the Jacuzzi.  There was only one small public hot tub available in the Mandalay Beach area so we didn't stay long.  Shortly after, we hiked the familiar streets and indulged ourselves in tasty sweets and eats.  No shows on this night, it was an early night for a big day tomorrow...

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