Adventure Challenge – Day 75: Cliff Jumping

I read about this place on Yelp called Hermit Falls. Reviews used words like cliff jumping, waterfall, and adrenalin junkies. Needless to say, it caught my attention. I decided it was worth hiking to. 

Hermit Falls is located inside the Angeles National Forest. The drive up to it had beautiful views looking over Los Angeles and the valley. The scariest part was watching out for all of the bicyclists on the narrow winding road. 

I parked next to the pack station which was closed. It was a great place; dirt parking lot and farm animals. I found the trail marked First Waterfall Trail. I dropped 600 feet elevation in 1.2 miles. There were some really narrow sections in the trail and I had to be careful with footing. It was absolutely breathtaking and the view was so expansive it was dizzying. I passed three guys on the trail who were in swim trunks. I asked if there was water at the falls and they said no, but there was still enough water to jump. 

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When I got to where the falls normally is, it was a trickle. I climbed around and found the 50′ jump off space. There was not near enough water to entice even this daredevil into jumping. I decided to keep my limbs in tact and hike back out. 

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The hike out was tough. I was sucking air and had to slow my pace several times in order to catch my breath. It kicked my ass, and I felt amazing after with all of the endorphines swimming around in my head. The drive down was filled with a sunset over the valley and a sense of accomplishment. 

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I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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