Indian Hills 2005
Diary of Linda and my Hike to Indian Hills, CA January 2005
2/13/05 John, Betty, Jock,
Sharon, Jim, Linda, and I did a hike today in the desert near Ocotillo.
We car pooled in two jeeps leaving San Diego at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at
the trail head at 9:30 a.m. The last 12 miles was a sand dirt road
and was a somewhat bone rattling ride. The weather was perfect in
the 60’s, sunny, broken clouds, and only a slight breeze. The
air was very clean after many days of rain. It was the Indian
Hill/Carrizo Palms hike in the book Afoot & Afield in San Diego
County book by Jerry Schad, 6.5 miles, class 3/5 difficulty.
The trail was not human made but mostly a bit of bush whacking and a lot
of rock hopping in 2 very long desert washes. John the leader led
the way and on one occasion my GPS saved us from a wrong turn at the
junction of two washes. The desert was very green and full of
flowers. The first mile uphill winded me and caused some chest
pain, but after that I never had a problem and never enjoyied a hike
more. Linda also did very well and only had one high fright attack
going down a steep portion into a wash. The hike was suppose to be
a 4.5 hour hike, but we actually took 7 hours getting back only a ½
hour before dark. One girl Sharon got heat exhaustion and we had
to cool her down with the recent storm water pools we found in the wash.
Eventually she got her 2nd wind and was able to walk out un-assisted.
Linda and I left our lunch in the car and were very hungry at the end
eating our meat loaf sandwiches like ravenous dogs. I think I lost
5 pounds on the trip. We also ran out of drinking water, so we
collected some from a pool in the rocks and added John's iodine pills which
wasn’t too bad. In spite of some adversity, both Linda and I had
a great day enjoying the beautiful spring desert and the fun hikers we
were with. Got home about 8:30 p.m. after stopping for dinner in
Alpine at the Bread Basket
John, Betty, Sharon, Jock, and Jim feeling fresh and about to take off
on our hike
was a critical point for Linda, but Betty led the way and Linda decided
it wasn't too steep for a female.
grove of palms provided a nice spot for a break and lunch.
Linda, and Betty enjoying the sun and scenery.
||Linda, Jock, and
Jim. The weather
was just perfect for hiking on