I have spent much of my life out in the mountains, hiking and exploring as much as I can in the US and abroad. As a young girl my dad brought me out into the wilds of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and all over the forests of New England inspiring my love for seeing the beauty of the forests, the oceans and the mountain peaks. Since a small girl I have been hiking as much as possible, in recent years I summited the tallest mountains in Portugal, Spain and Malaysia. In 2014 my father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Whenever I could I would head to the mountains to feel his spirit. In just a few days I would hike Africa’s tallest mountain , carrying with me the spirit of my very own mountain man. I would be summiting on International Women’s Day with a small group of just 6 ladies including myself from around the world, knowing full well that my dad would be with me along every step.
Today Louie and I hiked Mt Lukens via the Rim of The Valley Trail in Glendale. This is one of my training hikes to get ready for hiking Kilimanjaro in just a few short weeks. To get there we parked at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale. With two large parking lots and bathrooms it is the base for several hikes and walking trails.
I decided on taking the more difficult way up via the Rim of The Valley trail. This 10 mile loop trail had fewer people and more cover.