Mt Umunhum- Back on the Horse

I tore my rotator cuff falling on the trail down from Mt Umunhum last May and haven’t been back since. When my meetup group announced they were going to climb it again I decided it was time to get “back on the Horse”, plus I really like this hike. I had trail running shoes with good tread on them this time instead of the bald ones from last time, but I was extra careful on the downhill anyway. We had a great day for it. This is the view of the summit from the first overlook you reach on the way up.

Here’s me and my friends at that overlook:

And here we are at the top. There’s still some fog not yet burned off in the valley, otherwise it was clear.

It took about an hour and 45 minutes to hike the approximately 4 miles up, and not much less to work our way back down. I envied the runners who flew by us on the way down, thinking “back in my day…” I used to be able to run down hiils in less that half the time it took to hike up them. Now I just have to be patient and enjoy the scenery and the company. It was very nice to pass the spot where I had fallen safely. It’s still hard to imagine a freak fall severe enough to tear my rotator cuff.

One guy was running laps of the summit. We saw him running down to the parking lot, grab something out of his car, and then turn around and head back up. When we were heading up he passed us on the way down. When we were heading back down he passed us on his way back up again, so that’s at least 3 laps. Impressive. I assume he was training for some event with a lot of vertical.

Another of my friend Annie’s mushroom pictures:

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