Hike to Murietta Falls

Last weekend, Danny and Jared and I hiked the strenuous Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Del Valle Regional Park to the top of Murietta Falls. It was a doozy. This hike and the last (El Corte de Madera Creek) were ostensibly training hikes for the John Muir Trail (JMT) this summer. I say “ostensibly” because, well, my anticipated start date for the hike is still 6 months out, I’m not really training with a loaded pack, and there’s no guarantee I’ll even be able to get a permit for the hike.

But if all goes according to plan, I’ll be hiking with my brother Matthew over 11 days in late-July or early-August. We’ll be taking the kamikaze approach and attempting to cover 20 miles/day. Hubris yes, but it’s also motivated by our experience of hiking similar mileage with our Dad on the PCT (who, as it happens, will be on the CDT at the time). In the interest of training, I’ve been hiking with a group of friends and acquaintances (Danny and Jared included) who are also planning on tackling the JMT this summer—though their group expects to stretch it out over a more humane 3 weeks, covering 10-15 miles/day.

Trail to Murietta Falls in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness

Trail to Murietta Falls in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness
Trail to Murietta Falls in the Ohlone Regional Wilderness

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Why was it a doozy? Minor typo: “though their group expects [to] stretch it out over a more humane 3 weeks”. It was fun reading again your notes from our PCT joint hike.

Fixed the typo. The “doozy” was hiking 6 miles with ~3000 feet of cumulative elevation gain, and then turning around and doing it all over again in reverse!

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