A Valentine’s Day Hike on the Black Hill Trail

Yesterday Pam and I decided to go on a hike. A few weeks ago I mentioned to Pam that I wanted to hike Black Hill and Cerro Cabrillo (Cabrillo Peak), which are part of the Nine Sisters. And so we decided to tackle the Black Hill Trail on Valentine’s Day. We did the long version of the trail, which is an easy hike under 3 miles. Black Hill is the shortest of the Nine Sisters that can be hiked (only Morro Rock is shorter). The views of Morro Bay and the Pacific Ocean are excellent.

The Black Hill Trail winds under tree canopies.

The Black Hill Trail winds under tree canopies.

The trail moves through meadows, wooded stands, and rocky areas. In the lowest ravine we encountered many mosquitoes. It had been more than a year since I had been bitten by a mosquito–they’re just so rare on the Central Coast. As we gained elevation the views went from good to great.

Morro Rock is visible from the trail, though at times only through the trees.

Morro Rock is visible from the trail, though at times only through the trees.

Lizards were lounging in the sun by the trail. I’ve lived here more than two years, and lizards and palm trees still delight me.

A lizard sunbathing.

A lizard sunbathing.

The marker at the top of Black Hill.

The marker at the top of Black Hill.

When you stand on the top of Black Hill you see Morro Bay spread out in front of you like a model city. It looks something like a model train landscape.

Morro Bay viewed from Black Hill.

Morro Bay viewed from Black Hill.

The sights aren’t limited to Morro Bay. The estuary and sand spit are also visible.

A panorama from Black Hill, looking at the Morro Bay Estuary and Morro Rock.

A panorama from Black Hill, looking at the Morro Bay Estuary and Morro Rock.

The inland areas were also beautiful. Rolling green hills, with Hollister Peak serving as the most conspicuous sight.

Hollister Peak, another of the Nine Sisters.

Hollister Peak, another of the Nine Sisters, viewed from Black Hill.

At times Morro Bay is blanketed by fog, but not during our hike. The water was a brilliant blue. The grass was bright green. We could see for miles.

One last shot of Morro Rock from Black Hill, with boats on the bay on this sunny Saturday.

One last shot of Morro Rock from Black Hill, with boats on the bay on this sunny Saturday.

After the hike we went to Taco Temple in Morro Bay. I got a carnitas burrito that must have weighed close to three pounds (I regret that I did not have my scale with me). It is the first burrito that I have ordered that I was unable to finish.

Hiking and burritos with my lovely wife–not a bad Valentine’s Day.

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