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Aug 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Claremont Canyon, CA 
Claremont Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.51 Miles 1,518 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.04 mph
1,518 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Nice little hike. Claremont Canyon is a fun neighborhood type hike with an aggressive beginning. The views were stunning as they always are, augmented by the marine layer rapidly burning off. The steep beginning is followed by a mellow stretch with great views before a final steep push up towards Grizzly Peak, a summit that I've yet to reach from this trail. Soon!
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Jun 15 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Pine Mountain LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.27 mph
2,500 ft AEG
 
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I didn't feel like doing the full loop so I decided to go up and over Pine Mountain from the Azalea Hill trail head to Kent Lake and back. Insomnia won't be an issue tonight. I saw a lot of cool wildflowers, and the marine layer kept it nice and cool. I didn't see a lot of people on the trail today.
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Jun 08 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Canyon Creek TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking14.35 Miles 2,458 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.01 mph
2,458 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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The Trinity Alps are one of California's special places. It's a large federal wilderness area that is a large part of the greater Klamath Mountain region with hundreds of miles of trails, and not a lot of people on them. However, the Canyon Creek trail is easily the most popular trail in the wilderness, and Saturday, June 8th was no exception. I started late because I didn't feel like cooking an early breakfast in the unseasonal 40° weather, but that just gave me the opportunity to take better pictures in the late afternoon light.

I'm always impressed by the biodiversity in the Klamath Mountain region, and my photoset will go into greater detail when I get caught up on my pictures.
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Jun 01 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Cruickshank Trail to Upper Cruickshank CampCentral Coast, CA
Central Coast, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking11.55 Miles 3,343 AEG
Hiking11.55 Miles   6 Hrs   47 Mns   1.80 mph
3,343 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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The Cruickshank Trail is one of the premier trails in the Big Sur area because of its floral diversity, elevation gain and extremely rare Santa Lucia firs. Most of the other people I saw were backpackers going counterclockwise from Salmon Creek, but I did talk to two people from the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. The VWA is a truly wonderful organization that provides a lot of manpower to keep trails in the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas safe and enjoyable.

I had had my eye on this trail for a long time, and am extremely pleased to have knocked it out. The Big Sur area fascinates me for so many reasons, and I plan on visiting again.

See the hike description for more.
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May 27 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Limantour LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking11.93 Miles 1,673 AEG
Hiking11.93 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   2.53 mph
1,673 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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I had planned a camping trip planned for this weekend, of course. I reserved the best site at a campground on Trinity Lake way back on Thanksgiving Day. I was thinking about hitting the high Trinity Alps, Mount Eddy or maybe the Russian Wilderness (17 different species of conifer in one square mile!). However, Mother Nature had other ideas: solid rain was in the forecast for 3 of the 4 full days I'd be there. Locked gates and muddy, chewed up roads limited trail head access, and I guessed that stream crossings would be hazardous.

I consoled myself by hiking in Point Reyes on Saturday and Monday (today) :D . The weather today wasn't as gorgeous as it was on Saturday, but the low clouds made photography more fruitful. I felt really strong today so I'm encouraged for my summer destination hikes that I felt unprepared for a week ago.

I luckily snagged a parking spot at the far southern parking lot at Limantour Beach. Right off the bat there was a dead gray whale as the route hit the beach. The smell downwind was no bueno, but it was interesting to see it up close. Unfortunately there's been an unusually high number of dead gray whales washed up on Bay Area beaches this year. Then I walked down the beach to about the 1.5 mile mark before heading up a tiny connector trail to the beginning of the Coast Trail. Woodward Trail up to Mount Wittenberg is a nice workout, but not excessively difficult. The views north to the actual point of Point Reyes, Limantour Beach and the Drakes Estero area open up towards the top, but I've never been in this part of Point Reyes when the weather was gorgeous.

Mount Wittenberg was underwhelming as usual, but it's nice to visit the high point. I returned the way I came. Not a bad glass of lemonade, so to speak.
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May 26 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
 Routes 335
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Lime Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.20 Miles 866 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   2.49 mph
866 ft AEG
 
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Just a little exercise hike. I need to hit Lime Ridge more often. Shell Ridge is nice and everything, but Lime Ridge just seems to pack a little more punch.
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May 25 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Muddy Hollow Grand TourBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 25 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.17 Miles 1,735 AEG
Hiking9.17 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.11 mph
1,735 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Today was an absolute beautiful day in Point Reyes National Seashore. I've been up to Mount Vision a bunch of times, but today was, remarkably, the first time I've been up there on a clear day. The wildflowers are still going strong, but I can't tell if the poppies are on their way in or out.
A lot of my pictures didn't turn out so well due to the bright midday sun, but the flowsers still put on quite a show.
Started at Muddy Hollow trail head, went up Bayview to the Bayview trail head. The stretch on the Inverness Ridge Trail up to Mount Vision was my favorite of the day because of the views of Mount Wittenberg to the south, Point Reyes Hill to the northwest and the upper Muddy Hollow drainage at my feet. Took Bucklin Trail down from Mount Vision to Muddy Hollow Road, and then that back to the trail head. Bucklin is severely overgrown, but easy to follow, and Muddy Hollow Road had quite a few muddy stretches.
I'm very worried about the Bishop pine forest catching on fire again. There's a lot of doghair up there.

I did my good deed for the day by giving a small group of inexperienced-looking hikers a half full can of Off! at the trail head. I didn't see any ticks on today's hike, but I doused myself with bug juice beforehand.
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May 05 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
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 Photos 4,221
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.88 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking2.88 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.74 mph
610 ft AEG
 
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The coastal hills of California are becoming golden again. Today's weather was absolutely stunning, and my fellow travelers all had ear-to-ear grins.
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May 05 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
 Routes 335
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.90 Miles 554 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   2.85 mph
554 ft AEG
 
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May 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
 Routes 335
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Muir Woods LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 04 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.48 Miles 1,566 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
1,566 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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This hike was tougher than it should have been, but the weather was glorious as it typically is this time of year. A lot of fellow travelers as is normally the case. It was good to get out and do a decent hike after not exercising since Tuesday due to a challenging week.
I started near Mountain Home Inn, and then walked down the road to Alice Eastwood Campground. Looks like a seriously good place for families. Then went up the relentlessly steep Bootjack Trail, and Matt Davis back to the starting point. There's still a lot of water on this part of the mountain. The waterfalls alongside Bootjack are surprisingly still going very well.
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Apr 30 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
 Routes 335
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.16 Miles 549 AEG
Hiking2.16 Miles      55 Mns   2.36 mph
549 ft AEG
 
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Apr 28 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
 Routes 335
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Claremont Canyon, CA 
Claremont Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.45 Miles 1,110 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.30 mph
1,110 ft AEG
 
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Lots and lots of fellow travelers today. Gorgeous, sunny day. Lots of friendly doggies, too!
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Apr 27 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
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 Photos 4,221
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Claremont Canyon, CA 
Claremont Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.59 Miles 1,221 AEG
Hiking5.59 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.58 mph
1,221 ft AEG
 
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Nice little hike for a Saturday. I'm hoping to do a big one tomorrow, but we'll see. Lots of people today on an overcast morning in the Peoples' Republic. While I admittedly felt less safe than normal due to the ban on nuclear weapons in this municipality, I was heartened to know that the nice folks at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab(in view for about a quarter of the hike) were hard at work designing our nation's next generation of nuke-u-ler weapons.

A lot of people out today, but I suspect that's normal for this place.
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Apr 21 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
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 Photos 4,221
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
De Angulo Trail to Partington RidgeCentral Coast, CA
Central Coast, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.16 Miles 3,139 AEG
Hiking8.16 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   1.58 mph
3,139 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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This was a rough one. The views were spectacular today as one would expect on a hike at the coast that seems to steeply climb right into the sky. The wildflowers were also sublime with all of the usual suspects plus a few ones I didn't recognize. I'll know more when I get everything downloaded.
The first and second mile were a brisk ascent on a dirt road up from Hwy. 1, and that was fine. The third mile was on an overgrown, but passable trail. A trail this overgrown in the Mazatzals would skin someone alive, but California brush is nice and soft. Unfortunately it's also full of poison oak just like this one. The last mile to the Coast Ridge Road just blasted me with short and steep switchbacks.

I was proud of overcoming the challenge of the final mile up to the remote road, but I couldn't stop to enjoy a snack because I was swarmed with insects. I got the impression that they were primarily interested in my sweat, which I get because I'm kind of a big deal, but I was really looking forward to some chow after that butt-kicker.

I walked a bit on the Coast Ridge Road in both directions from the junction with the trail, and the terrain up there seems to be a mix of scorched and weedy post-fire colonizers. I was really hoping to see some Santa Lucia fir (abies bracteata), but none were evident even in the distance. However, this stretch of road has a fantastic view of Ventana Double Cone, Ventana Cone and South Ventana Cone. Truly epic country out there that will hopefully be explored in future adventures.
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I'll fill this in later.
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Apr 14 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mount Diablo NorthBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.98 Miles 1,678 AEG
Hiking5.98 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.20 mph
1,678 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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This was the first hike this year that I thought could be considered warm, and it wasn't that warm. Just warm for a California weather wuss which is apparently what I've turned into. The waterfalls were a little smaller than they were the week before, but the wildflower display continues to be ridiculous. This spring around the greater Bay Area has had the best wildflower display I have seen.
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Apr 09 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.78 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.61 mph
551 ft AEG
 
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Typical glorious late afternoon hike after work. Shell Ridge never disappoints.
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Apr 07 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mount Diablo NorthBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.26 Miles 2,189 AEG
Hiking8.26 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.05 mph
2,189 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Fun hike that was a pretty good workout that was made even more of a challenge because of last night's late night fun. The waterfalls were raging, the wildflowers put on the best show I've seen on El Diablo, and the crowds were out in force. Dealing with lots of people on a hike is annoying on one hand, but it's more than counteracted by the heartening fact that more and more people are becoming fans of low impact outdoor recreation. I'm sure the homeowners on Regency Drive aren't fans of having their street turned into a huge parking lot during wildflower season. Today had the absolutely perfect combination of blue sky, not being cold, the trails being dry, the wildflowers doing their thang, and the waterfalls going nuts.
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Ridiculous. See pictures for more. The poppies have only just started to get going, and in only a few spots. This is going to be a special year in Northern California.
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Apr 06 2019
JimmyLyding
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.27 Miles 730 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   2.65 mph
730 ft AEG
 
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Apr 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 109
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 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 568

45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking1.42 Miles 427 AEG
Hiking1.42 Miles      29 Mns   2.94 mph
427 ft AEG
 
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Mar 30 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,221
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45 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Kirk Creek Trail to Vicente FlatCentral Coast, CA
Central Coast, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking12.12 Miles 3,507 AEG
Hiking12.12 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.07 mph
3,507 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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This was the best hike I've done in Big Sur. Extremely freaking fantastic. Basically it was a steady ascent away from the coast on a trail that's seemingly suspended in air above the wild coast. With wildflowers. Then it was on to the portion of the hike that traveled high above the impressively deep Hare Canyon before running out of gas and time in the redwoods around Vicente Camp. Vicente Camp looked like it was in for a busy night.

I'd love to do this one again, and I'm feeling quite emboldened about exploring the area further after pulling off the drive. It sucks to drive 3 hours each way for a hike, but if it's worth it it's worth it.
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Very strong wildflower showing on March 30th of 2019. Shooting stars, western columbine, blue dicks, and poppies, poppies, and more poppies. Lots more.
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