I decided to start the new year with great company and one hell of a workout. The PG&E Trail is one of the hiking trails of the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. Hiking has quickly become a passion over the past year, starting with my first hike of Mission Peak in Fremont, CA. You could almost say I’m on a journey to find the best hiking trails. The PG&E combines scenic routes of in-forest inclines and declines, while maintaining a comfortable hike due to many shaded areas. The whole trail top to bottom was eight miles, four getting to the top and four going back. While the PG&E trail itself was a moderate challenge, it was the trail that followed that made it the most difficult hike I’ve done so far. We had a choice of either continuing up a trail known as the Black Mountain, or making it back down to the parking lot. We decided that since a majority of us didn’t feel too much of a burn, we were up for the challenge.
The Black Mountain trail consisted of dead trees on a single person trail. It made for a somewhat spooky hike in the daytime. The inclines were much steeper and there were less amounts of shade, which made it much more difficult. On top of that, it took us two miles to get to the top, adding to the four we took from PG&E. The end wasn’t as impressive, in which we were greeted with a radio tower of some sort and a flat land that was hard to see that views around us. But one of my friends found a trail that had great views of the other side of the hill, with rocks that reminded me of Lord of the Rings.
One of my friends had to go back to work for the evening so we decided to head back down. I wasn’t able to take much pictures the second half of the hike because I didn’t want my friend to be late for work. In the second half of our hike, we were greeted with a small farm with farm animals.
By the time we were close to the bottom, everyone was too tired to stop and roam around; we just wanted to get to the bottom and grab the grub. The overall distance of our hike was 15 miles. To put into perspective, Mission Peak is 4 miles, top to bottom. This makes PG&E + Block Mountain trail the longest and most difficult hike I’ve done so far, but has also become one of my favorites.