The day started off foggy and cool - perfect for hiking up an exposed ridge.
We climbed up to the Toyon ridge via this pretty steep trail.
I like this trail name. It is also the name of a good beer.
Blue dicks. Not many wildflowers this year but they can still be found.
Climbing into the fog. This would suck on a hot day - it's exposed and steep.
We've gained the ridge but we're not at the top. I think we're around 1400 ft here.
Our first objective: Eagle Peak at 1600 ft. It's....not a fantastic view today.
It's more of a bump on the ridge, but okay.
We were on trail, but somehow I managed to destroy some pretty purple flowers. Now my feet are pretty. Also: testing out these Ahnu Sugarpine boots and I LOVE THEM.
Coming down off of Eagle Peak, ready to head towards Simas Peak.
In a small canyon, these trees match the foggy mood.
Cows in the mist. That sounds like a Far Side cartoon movie.
The sun is coming out!
the Little Grand Canyon
A combination of climbing higher and the fog blowing off means we finally get some sun. We still have some exposed climbing to do but it's not too hot yet.
Ollason Peak. We'll come back for that - for now we hang a left and head towards Simas Peak.
This is the way we're going for now. I once tried hiking this on a 90 degree day. Turned around on this ridge - just too hot and no shade. TOday it's nice, with a cool breeze blowing off the ocean.
If there was no fog you would see the pacific ocean in the distance. Ollason Peak is the green hillside in front of us.
What does one do when the come to a fork in the road?
We continue up the ridge.
Another view to the west. Fog is slowly blowing out. We can head the sounds of Laguna Seca in the distance. Not the most peaceful of hikes, but there aren't a lot of people out here.
Simas peak is the left of the two foreground bumps. The far peak to the left is Toro. We won't be going that far - it's about a 20 mile round trip hike to get there.
A canyon to the east.
The rolling ridge goes steeply up and down over a bunch of bumps. It adds on a lot of unnecessary climbing.
Some of the sunny exposed trail.
Climbing over another bump on the ridge. 100 ft here, 100 ft there, it all adds up.
Finally on Simas Peak!
View to the farm country east of the ridge.
THe ridge we've been hiking. The peak is at ~2200 ft and we started at ~500 ft. But with the rolling ridge my GPS tells me it doubled the elevation gain to 3500 ft.
Still fog to the west. No ocean views today.
Back at the saddle, now we'll head up Ollason Peak.
I'm stuck in a microsoft desktop.
Up Ollason Peak!
A blurry shot back on the ridge we took to Simas Peak.
Simas peak - the right of the two even bumps in the middle.
Ollason Peak with Simas peak in the distance.
Heading down the ridge from Ollason
Can barely make out the ocean beneath the clearing fog and morning haze.
Said hi to the locals on our hike down.
On the way, we pass some old ranch equipment and ruins. This looked like an old well or spring location.
Split right down the middle.