Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger (->)
Tip of the Hat to the talented folks that rebuilt and upgraded the
Summit Sofa. You have provided a satisfying seating solution.
Wag of the Finger to Wind. Yes, Wind. You may provide an easy green energy option, but Cold should have a restraining order against you. Wind, you should never come within 500feet of Cold as it has become clear to this individual that you cannot get along. You're getting the picture.
I scribbled my 15th entry in the summit journal. After 15 times up it becomes hard to say, "I really hate that hike!". That wouldn't be true. What I can say is that is that it's a heartbreaker. Every time you come around a corner the view is the same...up.
These pictures are all taken from the upper-most stage of the trail. In the picture below you can see Ana Capa and Santa Cruz on the right-hand horizon, the Oxnard Plain and Pt. Mugu on the coast, and the Upper Ojai Valley in the middle-ground. In the foreground on the right one can see a portion of the trail that goes to the summit. Yeah, it's long and steep.