Cowles Mountain Winter Solstice Hike, December 21, 2012

 Winter Solstice, Cowles Mountain, 2011

Winter Solstice, Cowles Mountain, 2011

In case you've been out of touch for a while, and haven't heard that the Lemurians, Sasquatch, Batsquatch, Planet X, a black hole, the planets, a supervolcano, and much more are all planning to destroy the Earth, that is happening this week. In fact, it is happening on December 21, 2012. How do we "know" this? Well, the Mayans, great astronomers that they were, predicted this thousands of years ago - or so we think - and somehow managed to correctly pick a date on a calender system that wasn't even envisioned or imagined in their time. On an unrelated note, December 21, 2012 is actually the winter solstice for 2012. True fact. If you're in San Diego County, and you like hiking, and you're interested in the winter solstice, the Mission Trails Regional Park Guides will be leading their annual winter solstice hike on the mornings of December 20, 2012, December 21, 2012, and December 22, 2012 (if the world still exists). The hike goes partway up Cowles Mountain, and stops at a site that we think was used by other ancient people - the Kumeyaay - to observe the winter solstice for a long time. I've been on this hike a number of times, and its a great chance to learn more about native american history, as well as a great opportunity to hike Cowles Mountain and observe the winter solstice. Finally, if you believe in all of this end of the world stuff, and have your own reason for believing that it will all end, this hike is a great way to watch the world end as well. Even better, if the world doesn't end, as NASA assures me it will not, you can go on this hike on Saturday morning, in order to celebrate that the world still exists. This is one of my favorite hikes in the local San Diego hiking community to do on a yearly basis, so you may rest assured that irrespective of the world ending, I will be out there - hiking. Do note that this is a popular event despite its early hours, so plan accordingly in terms of finding parking, and enjoy the spectacle - sunrise - or world end.

Directions to Cowles Mountain: HERE

More Event Information: HERE