We needed to take advantage of probably the Valley's last cool day for quite some time. I threw Joe in the the planning mode, and in 5 minutes he lopped some stuff together and we had a loop..
The unknown Ballantine Connector trail
The Boulder formations
Long Range views
Views from Pine Saddle
The Ballantine Trail is disappearing in elevations above the Corral on the trail
Didn't have the energy or blood needed to summit Pine Mountain. It was only a 1/2 mile away
Long pants were in my truck
The Coral (Topo) close to Rock Tank does not exist anymore. Not that we could find.
Ugly thick snot luggies on manzanita
In spite of all the Negative items above, I enjoyed the heck out of this hike. Long pants and shirt would have made this more enjoyable. My Bad. Thanks for throwing this one together Joe Joe