Point Reyes – Limantour – Bayview, Laguna, Coast, Fire Lane

I now have come to understand that trails marked as bycicle routes are gravely roads–not very enticing hiking trails.

The route back is the winner here. If you had enough time to stretch this 10 miler into a beach afternoon before your return all the better. (Though if the beach is what your after, skip to the hostel or further and you’ll bypass hours of hiking and lots of incline on the way out.)

What next? Instead of this route, what about: Limantour > Sky > Woodward Valley Firelane > Sky. 9.5 miles and fire lane up-and-out will be quieter and more challenging then Woodward out(?).

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Kings Canyon – Cedar Grove – Lewis Creek Overlook Loop

The Lewis Creek Trail loop was longer, steeper and better than I imagined. 7+ miles, 1,600′, 3.5 hours?! Lots of stops to relax and take it in. The last 1.5 miles E->W back to the TH kinda sucked, but at least there was an outhouse along the way.

   
    
    
 

Kings Canyon – General Grant Grove – Lookout Point to Fire Lookout

Thabk you, park ranger at the visitor’s center, way to recommend a good hike without being prescriptive. 

Excited to arrive Monday morning, I asked about hikes in the area I could do while the rest of the crew was en route. The ranger quickly steered me to a distance and elevation gain that took into consideration my just arriving at 7,000′ from basically sea level.
Drive up to lookout knocked 1k feet off and the hike still had a nice up-down-up of 600′ over 6+ miles of ridge-hike views.

Volunteers at the fire lookout were great. Should have taken more pictures!

   
    
    
  

on the road CA-180E

 

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Some recent hikes

Here are some pictures from hikes since Lassen. All east Sonoma county. There were also some at Taylor Moubtain. 58 for the year so far.

Annadel SP – View towards Santa Rosa from the Rough Go or Cobblestone Trail. I didn’t filter this, my iPhone decided to make it like a watercolor.

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Post hike wine pickup at Matanzas Creek.IMG_3892.JPG

Acorn stash encountered while doing trail work on the East Slope of Sonoma Mountain.IMG_3906.JPG

Madrone on the new  (not yet open) East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma MountainIMG_3923.JPG

Trail ride in Jack London via Triple Creek Outfitters

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View from East Slope Ridge Trail. Soon to be part of Jack London SPIMG_3924.JPG

Red Barn Trail, Sugar Loaf SP. View back toward Mt. Tam. Could see SF and Mount Hamilton today.IMG_3974.JPG

Arboreal Salamander(?) – Annadel SP, South Burma Tr.IMG_3966.JPG

South Burma Trail, Annadel SPIMG_3953.JPG

Red Barn, Sugar Loaf SPIMG_3976.JPGFormer house(?) at Red Barn site. Sugarloaf SP

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