Sky Meadows Hike is more of a stroll than an actual hike. Hiking Upward has this rated difficulty at 2 out of 5 and 5 out 5 for views. Normally I would disagree with with the difficulty level set by Hiking Upwards, but this time I would have to disagree with the 5 out 5 views rating. I would give this hike perhaps a 2 out 5, considering the views I’ve seen thus far this summer, this does not rate very high for me.
So now that I got out of the way, Sky Meadows Hike is a very nice family hike and pet friendly. I carried the usual gear 3L CamelBak Ambush and Canon DSLR, all in all probably weighs in 15lbs, which is a very light pack. The weather was getting toasty, not as hot as it could be, but enough to get a good sweat going from the heat. Sky Meadows Hike itself was very easy, numerous people were on this hike, so in terms of solitude this gets 1 out 5 for sure (good call HikingUpward.com)
The largest stream on the hike, also the nicest. There was few other smaller streams, such as the photo below and the water was cool and fresh. Tito ended up stomping the living daylights out of one stream, he was behaving badly during this hike. He must have woken up on the wrong side of his crate because he was not happy for some reason, probably the heat.
I just caught a snap shot of this lovely little mushroom before Tito decide to stomp on that as well.
This is probably the last hike with my dog this summer. The temperature is hovering around 85F (30C) and he doesn’t do very well in the heat. He struggled quite a bit during the hike and he didn’t like the heat one bit. The trail wasn’t very difficult and he normally gets pissed when I lag behind, this time he was very slow. The summer is only going to get hotter (95F / 35 C ) and he’ll have to stay home until Fall when the weather is nice again.
Total Distance: 13.51 km (8.4 mi)
Total Time: 3:54:14
Moving Time: 3:30:12
Average Speed: 3.49 km/h (2.2 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 5.70 km/h (3.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 14.51 km/h (9.0 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 210 m (690 ft)
Max Elevation: 276 m (906 ft)
Elevation Gain: 278 m (912 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sat May 21 15:01:40 EDT 2011
Activity type: – Trail Hiking
After the hike, Tito and I stopped by a local farm to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables. I was hoping he would behave around the farm animals and for the most part he did. Except when the baby goats (kids) came near him, he basically started barking from excitement, scaring them away. I had to put him back in the car while I took photos of the animals because he couldn’t behave himself and acted like a complete barbarian.
Note: All the photos on this post were taken with a Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM lens, that I recently acquired. I was actually quite pleased with the performance for the most part. I think I got lucky and picked up a sharp copy of this lens, although I was debating whether to get this or a Canon 35mm f1.4 L. After much research, I settled for the Sigma and honestly I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I rented the EF 35L a couple of weekends instead of dropping $1,500 USD on it and like most Canon lenses it didn’t really blow me away. In terms of image quality, the Canon was better, but not $1,000 better to me. Let me know your thoughts or experience.