Thursday, November 24, 2011

Big Sur, 11/24-11/25

Spent Thanksgiving in Big Sur and Monterey.
Spotted lots of mushrooms this trip.

McWay Falls on a cloudy and rainy day.

Limekiln State Park

Limekiln Falls

Sand Dollar Beach

The next day the weather improved for our visit to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Pfeiffer Falls

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Palomarin, Alamere Falls, 11/12/11

9:30am - 5:00pm. 11 mile out-and-back/loop: Palomarin Parking Lot, Coast Trail, unmaintained trail to Alamere Falls, scramble down to beach, beach walk toward Wildcat Camp, Ocean Lake Loop, Coast Trail.

The upper falls

Getting down was a challenge. Sharp pieces of loose rock chunks down a steep grade, with the occasional rock breaking off from the cliff. Those two birds were up to no-good!

The lower falls

Mushrooms along Ocean Lake Loop

Baby mushrooms!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Deer Park County Park, 8/7/11

8:05am - 11:30am. 5.5 mile loop: Deer Park Trail, Buckeye Trail, Yolanda Trail, Shaver Grade, Bald Hill Trail, Junction Trail, Deer Park Road.

Parking area. There were a few parking spaces at a school, and in the smaller lot immediately before the one in the photo. Getting to the park required driving a few blocks on an extremely narrow residential road.

All of the photos of the flowers were taken on Buckeye Trail. There were quite a few baby lizards scuttling around on Yolanda Trail. I was unable to get a decent photo of one though.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Purisima Creek Redwoods, 7/31/11

Started at about 8:30am from the North Ridge Trailhead Parking lot; ended at about 1:30. 9.9 mile loop: North Ridge Trail, Whittemore Gulch Trail, Prisima Creek Trail, Craig Britton Trail, Harkins Ridge Trail, North Ridge Trail.
North Ridge trail offered the most interesting scenery; lots of moss, vegetation, and fog.

Large parking lot. This was what it looked like when we finished our hike. There were only a handful of cars when we started in the morning.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Point Reyes, Sky Camp, 7/23/11

Overnight backpacking trip. First once since Boy Scouts (~18 years ago). Hiked 2.8 miles from the Visitor Center to Sky Camp via the Mt. Wittenberg Trail.

Hiked to Sculptured Beach from Sky Camp; Sky Trail, Woodward Valley, Coast Trail to Sculptured Beach, Coast Trail, Fire Lane back to Sky Camp. ~8.8 mile loop.

A dear and a deer.

Sculptured Beach

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Muir Woods, 7/17/11

Parked along Muir Woods Road. Deer Park Fire Road, Dipsea Trail, Muir Woods Road to Muir Woods National Monument Entrance. From there, I don't remember which way we went. I want to say Main Trail, Fern Creek Trail, Alice Eastwood Trail, Troop 80 Trail, TCC Trail, Stapelveldt Trail, Ben Johnson Trail, Bridge 4, Main Trail, Muir Woods Road.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mt Tamalpais, 6/25/11

Parked on Belvedere Avenue. There is not a lot of parking; be sure to come early if you want to park by the trailhead.
Matt Davis Trail, Pantoll Ranger Station, Steep Ravine Trail, Dipsea Trail, Highway 1, Belvedere Ave.