What’s so “mountain” about Mt. Pisgah?

Our guest blogger, Kathy, has been continuing her 2014 resolution to try a new hike every month. Here’s her installment for the month of May:

PisgahMt. Pisgah? “What’s so ‘mountain’ about it?” I thought as I spotted it from the freeway upon our approach to the turn off. For my May monthly hike, I was looking for something that was close to home and that my family and I could knock out in an hour or two. We decided to visit Mt. Pisgah. I’d never been there, and with the first signs of a warm spring sun peeking out from behind the clouds, it was a perfect day to try it out.

I’ll tell you what’s so mountain about Mt. Pisgah—or better yet, let my sore muscles speak for me: 1500 foot elevation climb in 1.4 miles, with few switchbacks to soften the blow. Talk about huff and puff.

Unfamiliar with the various routes, we choose the steepest way up. As we started the hike, I kept looking at the faces of the people coming down. They were so happy. No—relieved was more like it. Not a good sign. Climbing up the steep gravelly path in my jeans and hiking boots (yes, I was overdressed) getting passed by joggers, kids, even lean and mean grandparents in the first half mile, I began to wonder if I would make it to the top.

But step-by-step, encouraged by my cross-country running, swim team daughter, and in better-shape-than I significant other, summit I did. And the panoramic view of the valley? A great payoff. And, as we made our decent, I smiled at everyone on the way up, wanting to say to them, keep going–it’s worth it! Now I know what’s so mountain about Mt. Pisgah (though I think I’m going to start calling it huff and puff hill).

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