We finally made it to a trailhead at exactly the right time to catch the start of sunrise during our hike!!
We stepped onto the trail with a purple cloud-covered sky. It seemed like an endless expanse of clouds but somehow they parted in tune with the rising sun. Sun rays started poking out and soon we were treated to a wonderful display that slowly lit up the landscape.
There are several parking areas along First Water Road for many great looking hikes into the Supes. Once you get there, just start exploring. First Water Trailhead was where we landed on this morning, at the very end. Time to seize the moment!
Firstwater Trailhead is the starting point for a variety of hikes:
The trail begins wide and well-maintained. So open through much of it that two of us could walk side-by-side fairly often without feeling like I was being pushed off the edge of a cliff. Sometimes when we’re on South Mountain, the dog between me and the mountain decides to walk thisclose to me when we get to an area with particularly sharp drop off. Feels nice to have a little more breathing room out here!
Firstwater Trailhead get busy quickly. The parking lot often fills up by 9am during peak hiking season, forcing cars to park at the Firstwater Horse Lot.
On this particular morning it was peaceful and we didn’t run into any other hikers until the last mile of our hike. There were two large groups and one solo gal. The pups received quite a few compliments by the time we made it to the car. Great way to close down our hike.