As much as I hike in the outdoors during the year, sometimes I’m not on my game.
On a late June morning with trailhead temperatures already above 70 degrees, I began the 3 1/2-mile, 2,000-foot climb to the summit of 5,100-foot Fish Creek Mountain.
Close to twenty years ago the access road to the old trailhead was closed, but volunteers have built a new rough access trail. It’s steep and not well-marked in places.
After 2 1/2 miles I decided to stop.
Whether I hadn’t hydrated enough, or it was just one of those days, I don’t know.
In any event, I rested awhile and then took a slow, leisurely hike back to the trailhead.
An important lesson I learned long ago is to listen to your body.