I currently have two part-time jobs and dog-sitting duties for these next few summer months. Most likely my weekends will be Monday and Tuesday, which is nice because I’ll be able to run errands and play outside when most people are at work. Then again, school is out for the summer so I’ll probably be out with families as well. National Trails Day is this Saturday the 7th, but I’ll be working. Thus, I decided to celebrate on my day off. I really had no idea where I was going to go hiking. I thought about Santa Ysabel out near Julian, but when I saw the Iron Mountain trailhead parking lot practically empty I decided to that instead. That lot is always full and has been a topic of debate in the local hiking community. Do we build another lot? Shuttles? Anyway, I took advantage of the opportunity. I quickly got my gear ready and headed out for the Ellie Lane Trail. It was a beautiful day, not too hot like the weather we had last month. Most people take the direct trail to the summit of Iron Mountain, but since I wanted to get extra miles in, I took the Ellie Lane Trail, which I really enjoy. The views are amazing and the boulders and rock formations are spectacular. Once I got to the summit, I took a break, snapped some photos and then headed back down to the trailhead. My Saturday was turning out to be a good day.