The day started early at 6:45 AM. Everyone was prompt at the meeting
spot. The early morning was cool enough to keep the A/C in the car off.
Five hikers (Lyndon, Lynda, Lisa, Bill and Mike) met at the carpool
location and two more (Charles and Doug) were going to meet us at the
The drive to the trailhead was uneventful and quick. We
arrived at the trailhead at around 9:00 AM. Charles was already there
waiting for us. Doug was missing. We waited for him till 9:15 AM and
decided to go ahead with the hike. Everyone hiked at their own pace. The
vegetation around the trail is very lush and green. A lot of little wild
flowers peppered the landscape. All streams that we crossed were
flowing, proof of the wet monsoon we are in the middle off. There
were a lot of lizards scurrying around the trail. We also met a tiger
rattlesnake along the way.
About 2 hours into the hike, we arrived at a fork on the trail. The left
fork takes us to our destination of Douglas Spring. The right fork
takes us to the Bridal Wreath Falls which is a very short hike of 0.3
miles one-way. Most of us decided to take a detour and check out the
falls. Water was plentiful around the falls. The pool below the falls
was beautiful and refreshing to the eyes. The sound of falling waters
was refreshing to the ears.
The day is very sunny and heat started to take its effects. Mike and
Lynda decided to spend more time at the falls and turn around back to
the parking lot. Douglas Spring is still about another 2 hours of hike
ahead. Bill and Charles decided to go ahead of the rest of the group.
While on our way to the spring, we met Doug, who was late and arrived at
around 9:20 AM at the parking lot.
Charles decided to turn around before reaching the spring. He was just
about 10 minutes from it when he decide to turn around. Bill made it to
the spring first, spent a while there and enjoyed his lunch before
turning around. Lyndon, Lisa and Doug got to the springs next and we had
a quick and hurried lunch. Dark rain clouds were beginning to form
around us. We could hear the thunder coming from the clouds. We started
walking back to the parking lot at a fast pace. The skies started
getting darker and darker. It was a long, tiring walk back. We all got to
the parking lot safely. Doug was the last to arrive. Turns
out the clouds were just teasing us and it never did rain in the area
where we were.
We said our goodbyes right there at the parking lot and we parted ways.