Probably the most popular hike in Yuma, and arranged by our (in)famous buddy Boonie (Occupation of Independence), we converged on the I-8 frontage road parking area for a group hike and a little cardiovascular workout up the Telegraph Pass trail. Joining us was world famous blogger Glenn (To Simplify), along with Ted (Life With Kurumi), and non-blogger Debbie.
We were impressed with Glenn’s restoration of his old Vanagon. He did an excellent job, but I still can’t imagine living in something that small.
The trail starts out easy enough for the first mile or so, a gradual climb towards the mountains. After coming to a gate with no trespassing signs, which everyone seems to ignore, the trail turns into an old, broken paved road up to the communications towers.
That’s me there with Glenn and Ted. Jim was on a mission to get to the top, so he was far ahead of the pack. Debbie and Boonie were farther back talking to John and Susan, who did an earlier hike and passed us on their way back down.
It was a good workout to the top, but with the interesting rocks, scenery, and conversations, it didn’t seem too bad.
We ended up walking all the way to the last of the towers to see the view from the other side. Yuma County is the winter lettuce capital of the world, supplying 90% of the nation’s leafy vegetables between November and March.
The trail almost seemed steeper going back down. I read that it averages a 24% grade, even rising to 30 at the steepest point.
Glenn and Boonie giving us an idea of how steep the trail is. Coffee Girl, with four legs, had no trouble walking up or down.
We enjoyed everyone’s company on the 5 mile round trip hike, and it was nice to meet Glenn and Ted. Hooking up with other wanderers has been one of the main benefits of blogging, I think. And not having done a big climb in awhile our legs are definitely feeling it today!