Hermit’s Peak

Today I give you Sandy’s guide to climbing Hermit’s Peak.

You can get to the top if you are in reasonably good shape.  It will take major huffing and puffing on the way up, and serious effort to get back down.  You can occasionally cry out “Hiawatha!”.  This somehow seems to help.

The trail is relentless.  It’s four and a half miles to the top and a 2640 foot elevation climb.  And the trail is rocky.  Tens of thousands of rolling granite rocks to step upon and over.  You can entertain yourself with their gorgeous colorations, and imagine how they would look as kitchen countertops.

Birds are whistling, chipmunks and squirrels scampering, and I saw both the biggest and the tiniest horny toads ever spotted in my life.  If the elevation climbing isn’t enough to get your heart rate pounding, the adrenaline rush from a deer crashing through the forest will take care of that. 

The view from the top is worth the pain and suffering.  And seeing that iconic bluff from down below, knowing you’ve had lunch at the top, will be a memory to treasure forever.  Press on to the top.

As for getting back to the base, you will believe the trail is never going to end.  I emphasize this.  You will be desperate to get back to your vehicle.  Press on.  Even though it’s hard, take your camera out one more time and take a photo of the mountain daisies. 

And remember, there’s a wonderful ice cold stream at the bottom where you will soak your feet.

Some paths are incredibly difficult in life.  Oh my friends, enjoy the journey, wherever your path is taking you.


8 Responses to “Hermit’s Peak”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Perfect, perfect post…as always. It is especially fitting for us Houstonians experiencing the first day of school. Enjoy the journey whatever you are doing and wherever you are going. I’m not sure if I would ever be able to take this hike but I certainly like the thought of it. Thanks for taking me there. The “Hiawatha” reminded me SO much of one of our favorite movies, I Remember Mama. If you haven’t seen it YOU MUST! And look for the scene where the little boy, who just had leg surgery, is discussing his pain with his Uncle Kris. Hope you are enjoying your journey today!:)

  2. Sandy says:

    I’ll have to watch that movie!
    Today’s journey… back at the desk writing checks. (And back over here to the blog to enjoy the memories of this hike!)

  3. Clara thomas says:

    Just wanted to leave a note to say thank you for sharing I always feel like I’m right there with you on all your trips You’re so elegant with your wording thanks.

  4. Sandy says:

    And thank you for reading! You know me… the whole time I was hiking my mind was filled with phrases I’d like to write!

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  6. Evie Taylor says:

    Hiya fellow traveler;

    Nice blog. Your fabulous pics and brilliant words really downplay the suffering I am sure you experienced on your lovely hike.

    The timing of your journey memoirs blog is exquisite, as I am on a really brutal uphill hike, myself. The journey is already debilitating and I am huffing and puffing and well, crying, at this point… probably not surprising.

    It was almost like God, Himself, was whispering through your encouragement to “press on” along with the needed reminder that it is worth it. I am really trying to FEEL gratitude while KNOWING that I truly am grateful for any encouragement I get. I think my journey at this point is just so grueling and seemingly impossible, that encouragement is actually kinda painful, as it means, that if I take the encouragement, then I must continue on in the brutal journey and just keep putting one tired foot in fron of the other, when I would rather go hike Hermit’s Peak. Does any of that even make sense??

    Well, you made a difficult journey seem like a lovely lark, and I hope, when my journey is done, I can somehow do the same!

    Blessings, and congratulations!!

  7. Sandy says:

    Hang in there, Evie.

    There were portions on this trail where I was realizing it just wasn’t fun. Period. I was hurting, and there was no getting off the trail. But getting to the top, and getting back down to the bottom… so worth it.

    Your mountain top will be worth it too!

  8. Evie Taylor says:

    Thanks! So true about any uphill journey, at points. God is good and I am just glad for His eternal mercies and grace and help in time of need. Can’t do it alone. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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