Just took a quick trip after work (3:37PM) up as far as the Owls Roost. I had intended to do my usual 3 miles but I got started late and needed to get home to water some outside plants before it got dark. For the first little bit going up the east side it smelled like burning trash, YUCK. Fortunately the smell dissipated. There were lots of people out on the trail as usual. I don't mind it so much but I get nervous around the runners as sometimes they sneak up on you and you zig when you should zag.
It looks like they're moving rocks around by having hikers move them to different spots as they go up or down. They actually have these little signs posted to pick up a rock and where to carry it. I thot that was a neat idea.
Anyway, it was a great day for a quick hike in the North Valley.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.