The last is the toughest.
The City of Perris’ four-part hike and bike series concludes June 18 with a strenuous four-mile journey to the summit and back of Terri Peak over a route meant to challenge—but not defeat—determined hikers.
The well-maintained dirt trail rises 850 in elevation from bottom to top with a 12 percent-average slope. No trees provide shade.
But the end result is spectacular.
“You can see great views of the City of Perris, surrounding communities and Lake Perris,” said Recreation Coordinator Josh Estrada, who is heading up the City’s efforts on the hike. “The views are amazing.”
Interested hikers are asked to arrive at Campfire Center at Lake Perris 30 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. hike. City fitness instructor Laura Sosa will conduct a series of warmup exercises to prepare the hikers for the climb. Participants should wear hiking clothes and boots and bring along water. Perris City employees will be assigned to a rest stop/water station along the route.
Entrance to Lake Perris is free for event participants. The City is working with the California Department of Parks and Recreation for the upcoming hike.
The Lake Perris hike marks the final in a series of late spring events geared to getting people to exercise and stay in shape, part of the City’s ongoing Live Well Perris healthy-eating active-living campaign. The other events included a pair of bicycle rides and a less challenging hike at Lake Perris.
Estrada said the City will be raffling four bicycles, water packs and some other prizes to hikers following the upcoming event. The bikes come courtesy of Menifee Bicycles Inc.
Estrada has hiked the Terri Peak trail several times. No doubt it’s a challenge. But those who meet the challenge will reap the reward of their diligence and perseverance.
“This trail shows off some of the hiking and recreational opportunities we have in Perris,” he said. “It’s a great workout and it exemplifies healthy living.”More information about the hike and other events in the City of Perris is available at www.cityofperris.org or by visiting the Facebook pages “Perris Today” and “Hoy en Perris.”