June 14, 2014
As said previously, the fire road ascent is a great cardio workout. This time of year the sun is out early and if you show up with the sun it's not too crowded by hikers. Many of them take a steep shortcut and the fire road stays relatively clear. At the top I took a wrong turn and wound up going down the La Tuna Foot Trail off of the plantation lateral, and that was a BIG MISTAKE. Avoid the foot trail at all costs, it is very overgrown, extremely narrow, and dangerously loose in places. Hiked the bike about 33% of the way down, and the rest was white-knuckle death-face-staring insanity. I am definitely looking forward to a.... faster, safer, more engaging descent next time, via one of the bike-prepped singletrack trails.