I have been working from home for about two weeks now out of an abundance of caution. I am grateful for the ability and opportunity to have a job that allows me to do this. In fact, my company starting mandating it as of March 12th. I was getting some cabin fever and decided to take a short overland camping trip in the truck. I picked Liebre Mountain up by Gorman and packed up the truck for an overnight, wet trip as it has been raining for four days. Only took an hour to get to the trailhead. Then it was a beautiful switchback unimproved road for about six miles to the top of the ridge-line.
Once at the ridge-line, it got really windy and was raining sideways. I stepped out for a minute to check out some camping spots and it got cold quickly! I went to Bear Camp but it was so windy I decided to move on to Sawmill Campground. Bear Campground is definitely worth checking out some other time as it has some cool tucked away sites and is right next to the Pacific Crest Trail. Gotta get back there sometime.
Sawmill campground turned out to be cold, windy, and rainy but it was my last option so I set up camp and tucked myself into the tent to see if the rain would die down. I sat there for a couple hours, writing in my journal, watching Netflix, and trying to warm my toes up in my sleeping bag. At about 4 PM I checked the weather report which told me that it was only getting worse. I made the decision to come home and hang with my family rather than sitting in a cold tent for 12 hours in the darkness. Great idea as I was able to get a little adventure in, was able to test the truck, and still able to spend the night with my family.
The ride out was really pretty as the sun came out and lit up the valley. I had a beautiful drive down. The trail was not technical but did have a lot of rock and tree fall, running water, and huge puddles. The trail is washing out pretty bad in this recent rain but it never felt unsafe. I only saw one other person ( in a Jeep of course) on the mountain. The campsites were empty, the roads were empty and the freeways were free sailing. In these crazy times, it is good to remind ourselves that there are some amazing places out there that are being under-appreciated right now. Get outside and have some fun!
Eric is a traveller, hacker, and experimenter who is currently researching how to become a happier, calmer, and more compassionate human being.