I actually didn't realize this until I got home and read it online, proving that Facebook can be useful for something besides uninformed political rants (seriously people, just stop). But since it was in the 80s and sunny after a rainy spring, I was out there anyway,
I contemplated backpacking, but my favorite hiking area is still under a lot of snow and I didn't feel like taking snowshoes. I decided to day hike instead. My first choice of trailheads was crowded with people, including a group just setting off. Too busy for me! I drove to the park instead.
I hike this particular trail a lot, partly because it's close by and accessible, there's a fire lookout at the end, and there's enough people on the trail to not have to worry about going solo in bear country, but usually not too many: the elevation gain and switchbacks tend to space the groups out so you aren't hiking on people's heels.
The view from the top is always worth it.
The lookout hasn't been manned in years. I really want to go inside and spend the night here! Sunrise would be amazing from here. Sadly, that's very unlikely to happen, as I'm not a park employee and it is all boarded up.
I had it all to myself...for awhile.
I suspect my fellow hikers may not have known it was National Trails Day either (who names these things?) but they were there: the Frat Boy Posse, the two girls in sports bras and booty shorts, the determined little kids, even the couple without anything (no water?! What are you thinking?)
Did you get out on National Trails Day? If not, that's OK. Any day is a good day to hike! And, I totally missed National Donut Day, but I don't like doughnuts anyway. When's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Can't miss that one.