Pine Valley May 2013
Thursday May 13th Mark and I hiked the Pine Ridge to Pine Valley , starting at China camp located west of Greenfield Ca .
The weather was great on the day of entry but a heat wave was arriving and on Saturday temperatures reached 100 plus on the ridge between China camp and Pine valley making a 6 AM exit necessary to beat the peak heat on Saturday and we still hiked in 97 degree weather in the sun on the exposed ridge . the exit was tough !
The valley weather was beautiful with warm evenings and beautiful mornings as the following photos will illustrate .The flowers were on the ridge .
We made a day hike towards the Pine Ridge camp , the trail was in good condition and showed signs of recent trail work . Thanks guys !
I have included my dog Sierra in many photos as I am proud of her development and trail skills , she loved the trip and did well in the heat . She hikes daily and is now 15 months old weighing 65 lbs . she wore a new pack carrying 13 lbs. Note she hikes with a pack daily but this was her largest pack and heaviest load .
Mark and Sierra at the China Camp trail head
looking towards the Caves
Junipero Serra a 5600 ft. peak
camp fire at Pine Valley
morning light in Pine Valley next 5 photos
Sierra in morning light in Pine Valley
Mark on Pine Ridge valley trail
west of Church Creek devide
young Boy Scouts on day hike to Big Sur