FROM A FUN HIKE!
Who said working out couldn’t be fun! This past Sunday, I went on a hike with my sister Sabrina, Brother-in-law Vinny and my adorable niece Sequoia. Sundays are my day off, so besides doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, I always try and set aside time to do something fun. And I am so glad we decided to go for a hike because it was a perfect 62 degree day, not too hot, not too cold. A great way to relax the mind, appreciate nature, and work out.
We picked a trail close to home, Powder Canyon Trail which is located in La Habra Heights.
Click here to get directions: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/powder-canyon-loop-trail
Powder Canyon Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop. Besides Powder Canyon they have a few other trails, one of them being Gray Squirrel but just know ahead of time, you’ll hit a dead end and have to turn back around. We hiked for about 21/2 hours (round trip) and our distance was 4.30 miles.
I really like this trail because you’re surrounded with beautiful trees and wildflowers. There were so many spots where I thought I was in a Lord of the Rings movie. We started on Powder Canyon and then ventured off to Gray Squirrel trail, and then got back on Powder. We didn’t get to do the full loop but next time I am going to because I hear they have a beautiful field of lavender wildflowers. And with spring coming up, all those flowers will be blooming! This trail also has some great views of San Gabriel Valley and Electrical Towers. Electrical Towers you say? Yes, I don’t know why but I find them so fascinating.
Powder Canyon does have its steep moments but nothing too strenuous. We did see children, teens, older folk on the trail, you just have to go at your own pace. And even if the main trail was a little too much for you, you have other paths you can walk on and still get a great workout. We had little Sequoia so we weren’t able to climb to the top of Powder Canyon but I definitely got a great workout.
Another great thing about this trail is that it is pet-friendly. Juliet and her cousin Oliver had a great time sniffing and exploring. I recommend bringing water and some snacks depending on how long you plan to hike. If you’ve never hiked before this is a perfect trail to be your first. I honestly didn’t feel I was “working out”, I felt like I was just exploring nature and spending time with my family.
Cell service isn’t the best but I actually liked that because I got to shut off any unnecessary distractions and just be with nature and my own thoughts. There’s something about being outdoors that’s so peaceful to me, that I could probably walk until my legs go out.
You can park on the street or they have a small parking lot once you turn into the trail entrance. They also have a portable bathroom right before the trail starts.
I’ll leave you with some pictures! I’ll definitely be coming back to see the lavender fields!
If you are looking for something to get you ready for a new week, I suggest going for a hike, or walk and turning off your phone and just listen to the beauty around you.