Sunset Hike: Spy Rock

Spy Rock - a view of the mountains at sunset, they're slightly blue-ish. There's a puddle of water on the rock, reflecting the sky.

The magnificent Spy Rock was one of the first hikes I did before becoming a “serious” hiker and I nearly died (not really – not even close to dying, but I did come to the realization I was severely out of shape).

Spy Rock - a view of the mountains at sunset, they're slightly blue-ish. There's a puddle of water on the rock, reflecting the sky.

  1. Definitely thought the trail was way shorter than it was.
  2. Trying to get to the top before sunset added an extra level of rushing + being out of shape = couldn’t breathe 80% of the hike.
  3. Felt weird basically walking through somebody’s backyard at the start (But apparently the way we got to the trailhead is now closed…)
  4. 90% of it was uphill on a boring fire road (at least, in my memory it is. I haven’t been back since I hiked this in 2017).
  5. I’d never rock scrambled before. Ever. And I was not wearing shoes with good traction.

Anywho, it was super pretty at the top and it was exciting hustling back in the semi-dark.

10/10.

View from the top of spy rock. The Sun is poking brightly through the clouds, giving the rolling mountains a light blue appearance. Also, it's fall so the leaves are between green and red/orange. There is water on the rock reflecting the sun.

Worth it for the views.

Rolling mountains - another view from the top. The sky is bright blue, the leaves are turning from green to red and orange.The setting sun over the gold and red mountains. The sky is golden on the horizon, but blue everywhere else.

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