Mt. Tecumseh Trail
About 5 miles roundtrip
2,200 feet of elevation gain
This was my first solo hike up Tecumseh! It seemed like a good idea to start solo hiking on a smaller mountain first and then work my way up to hiking larger mountains by myself. I was quite excited to begin. Hiking by yourself is very different than hiking with a group of people. I noticed that I heard more, saw more, etc. and my senses were more active than normal. It was amazing.
The first water crossing is right by the trailhead. Even though I have been up this mountain many times, it felt like a whole new experience ascending it by myself.
Up we go...still pretty flat, though.
Me, myself, and my shadow.
It was odd that this water crossing was almost dry--it is usually full of gushing, running water.
I love to rap and sing, and I'll admit I was quietly practicing a little on the way up. I'm working on memorizing "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea.
I eventually stopped rapping, because rapping + hiking = no breath.
Friendly early morning sunshine glowed at me through the trees when I came to the viewpoint. I walked a little down the path and took a nice picture of the mountains beyond and some of the vegetation in the way.
Here is the picture I took. The sky was as blue as a bird's egg.
Heading up steeply...
A cairn along the trail...not really needed (because the path was clear), but satisfying to see all the same.
A perfect long, flat rock that ought to be sat on.
When I got here, I was happy to get on the ridge. I was also thrilled to be off the steep section. I continued straight ahead...
I loved how the shadows of the trees cascaded down the sides of the trail and fell across it in a striped pattern of light and dark. It is hard to distinguish the sign in this picture, but here is the intersection with the two different ways to head up the last couple of tenths to the summit.
Up, up, up and almost there...
And there I was! A gentle breeze was blowing and the soft blue mountains stared at me from the distance. The sky was a froth of white clouds and blue color.
My mom specifically told me to take a bunch of selfies, so I did just that...
I got out my peanut butter and jelly sandwich to have as a snack. I also had trail mix in the pack, but I wasn't hungry enough to have that too.
Estoy loca! (in a good way, I hope)
Perfection is a cairn overlooking a lovely view through parted trees.
It was a little buggy up top, but nothing that was too uncomfortable.
Heading back down...
I passed a bunch of people coming down, and some of them had dogs. The dogs were well-behaved and perfect, so I had no problems at all! All went well.
My first solo hike coming to an end.
That was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to doing it again on a different 4K.