Weekly Photo Challenge: Victory

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Victory.”

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I took this picture after a long climb up to the top of Tahquitz Peak in Southern California this past summer.  This is a challenging hike that climbs about 2,800 feet in just over 4 miles.  When I got to the top the first time, I do remember saying “Victory!”…followed closely by, “what a view!”  Although the climb up is tough, the view from the top of the peak are terrific!  There is a US Forest Service fire lookout tower at the top that adds a few more feet to the 8,846 at the summit.

I’ve done this hike twice now.  It is one of my favorite challenges in Southern California.  Make sure that you are in shape and carry plenty of water.

Because Tahquitz Peak is located within San Jacinto and Santa Rosa National Monument, as well as within the San Jacinto Wilderness, you will need to obtain a free permit at the Idyllwild Ranger Station before you hike.  There is a self serve station to the left of the Ranger Station front door where you can fill out your permit paper work.  Make sure that you keep your copy!  I did see Forest Ranger’s checking for permits the day I hiked.

Victory!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

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