(desert dweller @ Apr. 03 2013, 10:51 am)
Both should be pretty nice trails. The Lemon Loop will have some forest duff but still plenty of rocks.
Though I understand the reasoning behind barefoot hiking (closer to Mother Earth, a more natural way to trek, a good workout for your feet and that "natural" feeling) but it's not something that appeals to me. Maybe for the short hikes you're proposing it would be fine and maybe fun.
Because most of my hiking is long distance over desert terrain, I believe in protecting my feet. It's your feet that will get you out of the wilderness and back to civilization. Heck, I won't even ride a bicycle in town in sandals mainly because if I wreck or fall off or have to stop quickly, I want my feet protected.
But, that's just the way I see it. Enjoy the hike. Be sure to come back to the Forums and give us a detailed account of how it went. I'm sure there will be some lessons we can all learn from.
Thanks for the invite.
I do a lot of desert hiking myself during the fall. I have yet to do more than a mile barefoot in this terrain. It's for the reasons you would expect (cactus, stickers etc). I do own a pair of minimalist shoes that will be going with me during my hike (VFF).
You would be surprised how much we miss about nature when we wear shoes. I look forward to feeling the different textures under my feet and experiencing whatever there is to experience up on the mountain barefoot.
I understand not everyone is interested in this form of hiking. For those who are new to being barefoot or just want to give it a shot we picked fairly easy trails to get started on. All are welcome and we wont hold it against you if you put shoes on at any time during the hike
Thank you for the kind words.