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Joel Blatt

Even better this year with some paved road improvements and less Covid-based business closures.

Hard to beat the beauty of Santa Barbara, but not in my opinion ideal for road-bike training, given roads and population density.

Here are couple great rides with accompanying Strava Routes and Starred Segments: 1. Aufderheide, which is 60 mile stretch; I started/finished in McKenzie Bridge https://www.strava.com/segments/25000851. 2. Mount Hood (Government Camp to Timberline Lodge) is great climb, as well. 3. Straight Creek and Quartzville (NF-11) offers two separate climbs in one ride, https://www.strava.com/segments/12596397

From the summit perch, Machu Picchu looks tiny. My photos appear taken from a helicopter, but rather they were taken by a stranger, because I was too scared to stand and shoot.

Summary: 6 miles out and same back; 5,000 elevation gain Duration: ~3.5 hours to peak (if quite fit, but much longer for most) When: hiked in summer to avoid snow or highly sandy conditions (caught 80-degree day in late Sept) Which: there is only one trail to summit, which means there will be traffic coming/going Where: park at Devil’s Lake Trailhead (get there early for spot;) hike past restroom over creek via narrow bridge for short bit, then cross highway, which brings you to actual South Sister Climber Trail No. 36 sign (trailhead) Action: complete trail pass document, which you will find at South Sister Climber Trail No. 36 sign (trailhead) Route: straight-shot all the way, but there are signs to keep you on track to summit versus detour to Moraine Lake Ascent: climbing is early and in earnest; trail is easy-to-follow; scree or more accurately loose cinder sand and gravel is encountered traversing “ridge” to false summit and is mile segment where most will suffer, but then you’re at the glacier and can either loop around to the right or simply cross the snow and ice to true summit Descent: same steep “ridge” makes descent interesting; wearing gaiters will help avoid scree seeping into boots, but not required Pets and Children: both are allowed, but have common sense Provisions: may be long day, which warrants ample food and water Equipment: headlamp, if starting in the dark to enjoy alpenglow; although not necessary/recommended for first 10+ miles, my friend appreciated poles during final mile descent to trailhead (i.e. tired and sore knees) Caution: per hike’s steep nature, a little preventative care is suggested; for example, ankles will be flexed for extended periods and may cause unexpected friction to back of heels

Pronounced: 'Tuh-Lak' Summary: ~5 miles out and same back; ~3,100 elevation gain Duration: <2.5 hours to peak (if fit, but much longer if not) When: hiked late summer to avoid snow Which: hiked main Tallac Trail, but other options include Glen Alpine (longer) and Middle Tallac (steeper and shorter) How: park at Mount Tallac Trailhead; fill out pass; start hike, which encounters loose rocks and climbs in earnest; go past two lakes and climb up rock headwall; at trail post, go right to Tallac (if you go left you are going down Glen Alpine Trail;) keeping right, scramble up rocks along bit of ledge and you will quickly reach summit, which is close to 10,000 feet and offers abundant views Pitfalls: bears may be encountered, which happened in my case; descent can be confusing, because you have scrambled to peak and retracing your path down can be difficult --- take precaution! Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Montbleu+Resort,+Casino+and+Spa,+Stateline,+NV/Mt+Tallac,+California+96150/@38.916075,-120.0889436,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x80999a82c3f76a5d:0x81982e3b96d3fe64!2m2!1d-119.9390089!2d38.9613058!1m5!1m1!1s0x8099889a8f72b719:0xc8beacc7f994119c!2m2!1d-120.0987966!2d38.9060188 Parking: ample early, but limited later Pass: required to carry Pets: sure, but puppies should not hike until grown Provisions: food and water (duh!) Equipment: hiking boots (c'mon;) poles offer more challenge than assistance (in my opinion;) backpack with mobile phone and perhaps safety supplies