Hiking Stats as of 11/19/2019
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet
Having thoroughly enjoyed my evening hike of Mission Peak/Mt. Allison/Monument Peak the weekend before I came back for a repeat journey. Kyle and I planned on hiking Half Dome the following weekend, so I didn't really want to do anything that would take me away from home for too long or would be too difficult knowing that Half Dome is a pretty good challenge that I wanted to be well rested for. I came out a bit earlier for this visit - starting about 20 minutes earlier as I wanted to be on top of Mission Peak before sunset. As I hurried on up I took the time to enjoy the views, and the sight of this tiny little cow in tow with who I am assuming is his mom grazing on the grasses of Mission Peak. 1 hour and 3 minutes after I started I was on top of Mission Peak, a few minutes before the sun began to set.

From the top of Mission Peak I could see the fog coming in, signaling the cooler night time weather that would soon envelop the peak. I waited to get a couple of nice shots of the sun setting over Mission Peak before continuing on to Mt. Allison. Much as I tried, I was not able to get to Mt. Allison before the sun finally gave way and sank out of sight in a blaze of orange glory. I got up to the summit of Mt. Allison with the last rays of daylight showing the way, took one last shot of Mission Peak set against the incoming fog. Next up was Monument Peak, and by the time I got there it was fully dark. On the return trip back I waited for a little garter snake to cross the trail as I made my way up to an unnamed summit which is actually higher than Monument Peak but for some reason was not bestowed with a name. This summit, like Mt. Allison and Monument Peak, is in private lands, so I quickly snapped a summit shot and then set off on the return trip back down to Mission Peak and eventually back down to my car. This trip ended up being nearly 13 miles and 3300 feet of elevation gain in a bit less than 5 hours. It will likely be several weeks before I am back here again, but I look forward to my next night time visit to this great area.

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