“I have discovered the Great Pumpkin and it is me.”
Activity: Day Hike
Date: October 16, 2019
2 Miles, elevation change 400’, 45 minutes, rated Moderate
Wow, what a unique hike. My friend Adam, whom I sometimes hike with, surprised me with this hike. All I knew was that we were hiking in the Inland Empire. It turned out to be such a unique and fun hike, and by the way Tis’ the Season as they say. What a spooktaculare adventure this would be to take your kids on especially right before Halloween.
So when I got my first glimpse of the Great Pumpkin, up on the hillside above the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center in Norco, California, I thought how nice of the city to have a giant inflatable pumpkin for Halloween. I pondered they must have a generator up there or something to keep it inflated. As we got closer I saw that this was a giant painted boulder that was perfectly shaped to play the part of the Great Pumpkin. If only Charlie Brown was here to see this, and then I realized he was. Because all of us have a little Charlie Brown in us hoping that he will finally succeed in his “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure” search for the Great Pumpkin.
This is a short hike and is great for kids. Besides the fun of the Great Pumpkin there are a couple sights along the trail which I have nicknamed Jack Rock, and Scary Pumpkin Rock. You do need to be prepared as temperatures in this area can be hot and there is not any shade. Bring a hat and plenty of water to enjoy this Halloween spectacle. Watch your step as there are places that are steep and the hard pack ground and rock is covered with dusty finely ground pebbles and footing can be slippery.
Now if you are looking for a little more of an adventure then you can do what I did as there are multiple trails running along the ridges. I ended up hiking 5 miles and hitting several of the peaks, more than doubling the mileage and almost doubling the elevation change. It is quite a workout doing it this way as a couple of these peaks go all the way down before going back up to the next one. I would move the hike at that point from moderate to hard. You always know that a hike is hard when your heels don’t touch in back. There was even one section that was a down on all fours scramble. I am not really into urban hikes, but this hike has nice views in every direction from the top of the ridge, and add the Great Pumpkin and you have an unusual yet satisfying hike.
Here is something about this adventure that spooked me. I was climbing this hill on the way to the peak where you see the cross and the flag, when suddenly out of no where there was this loud buzzing sound from all around me. A large bee swarm flew right over and to each side of me, followed by a flock of Big Black Ravens. I was thinking is this some sort of sign?
Here are a couple of videos from my Pursuing Balance Thru Adventure YouTube site.
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