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.
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.
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.
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.
Wildflowers ObservationExtreme I'll fill this in later.
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.
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.
Wildflowers ObservationExtreme 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.
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.
I wanted to get a few miles in before family fun later in the day the rain that's expected for most of next week. The trail was pretty muddy, but we managed to avoid too much difficulty. It was interesting to see the area that recently burned. I expect this area to explode with wildflowers in 2 to 3 weeks. The ground is still very saturated. Great hike on a beautiful day with ES.
I hadn't hiked here in a long time so I jumped at the chance to do it again. It's green everywhere, and the creeks were flowing strongly. We made pretty good time because we were both hungry, and because it got chilly pretty quickly once the late afternoon shade overtook the entire area. I added 0.23 mile and 20' of AEG to correct for my GPS taking a while to get going. This one does not wait to hike. ES.
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