Last week I saw a picture on flickr of Mission Trails Regional Park post-rain. Inspired by the vibrant green on the hillsides I knew that I would want to hit the (muddy) trails after yesterday’s storm. Sure enough, when I reached the trailhead off of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, the hills were covered with green vegetation. And sure enough, the trails were muddy, but they didn’t thwart my plans to enjoy the parks’ trails and views. I started out at 8:30am underneath patchy skies and warm temperatures. I passed one mountain biker and only a few hikers as I made my way to the South Fortuna saddle. The valley and the hills were gorgeous and I thanked the rain gods for painting the hills with such beautiful colors which we seldom see here in San Diego.
After sweating my way up to South Fortuna Mountain I paused and marveled at the views of east San Diego.
I continued on to North Fortuna Mountain and then back to the trailhead. I highly recommend enjoying the lush vegetation before it turns to the typical southern California brown. And as many outdoor blogs have already posted, this wet winter should make for a spectacular spring!