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Mar 10 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.00 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
981 ft AEG
 
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Sunday March 10, 2019 may have been the last day of a very wet winter for Northern California. The hills were a brilliant green and the skies were gray. It was only fitting that it started raining just as I returned to my car, and was then replaced by bright sunshine and beautiful blue sky as soon as I reached home 10 minutes away. Microcosm of a nice, wet winter and hopefully a harbinger of things to come. The more I hike this mountain the more I appreciate it.
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Mar 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.20 Miles 548 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      50 Mns   2.64 mph
548 ft AEG
 
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Just a quick hike up the neighborhood hill. Gorgeous conditions for photography. There are a few more poppies out.
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Feb 24 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Muir Woods LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.98 Miles 1,749 AEG
Hiking8.98 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.20 mph
1,749 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Pretty darn good hike today. It was cloudy and kinda dark the entire time, but the weather was perfect for hiking. It wasn't perfect for photography, but whatever. I did this with my brother Bob and some Patriots fan.

We started from the parking lot just south of the big parking area in some fog drip. Nothing major, and it went away quickly. We went down the Lost Trail to Fern Creek. Fern Creek Trail was nice with all of the water in the creek, and that was a precursor to some nice waterfall action later on.

Bootjack up to Van Wyck Meadow is a bit of a slog, but it was stunningly beautiful today due to the waterfall action. However, it also has an aggressive grade that really made us work for it. Always good to do. The trail didn't do what I expected it to do after the meadow, and we ended up taking the TCC Trail to Pantoll. It was longer than we had planned on, but totally worth it because the views were really cool.

Old Stage Road from Pantoll to West Point Inn is always a treat with its views of much of the Bay Area, serpentine geology and Sargent cypress. We saw a pair of ravens there which was a treat because I hadn't seen any for a while.

The rest of the hike back was uneventful if incredibly scenic. There were a number of small waterfalls all along Old Railroad Grade.
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Feb 23 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
West Ridge to East Ridge TrailsBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.25 Miles 732 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.77 mph
732 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful hike in more ways than one. Easy hike to rest a certain someone's Achille's tendon. It was great to get back to Redwood Regional Park, and I still can't believe how long it's been since I've been there.
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Feb 17 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.69 Miles 729 AEG
Hiking2.69 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.52 mph
729 ft AEG
 
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Gorgeous and cool day up on Shell Ridge. I'm getting a little tired of hiking Shell Ridge, but I seem to see something new every time. I even saw a few birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count that I didn't see yesterday: scrub jay and house sparrow. I was really hoping to see some of the rarer birds that I've seen around the 'hood like American kestrel, California gull (commonly seen on rainy days here in Walnut Creek) or heaven forbid a golden eagle. A golden eagle would've been off the hook.

Big hike coming next weekend!
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Feb 16 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.80 Miles 964 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.38 mph
964 ft AEG
 
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A little rain, a little sun, a few birds and a nice way to cap off the day. This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count, and I did my part: turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, barn swallow, crow, red-winged blackbird and a bunch of LGB's.
We are now up to two gold poppies on the mountain, but they weren't very happy in the cold weather.
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Feb 10 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.97 Miles 985 AEG
Hiking4.97 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.31 mph
985 ft AEG
 
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It was a beautiful day for a hike, and I really enjoyed the company! Lots of birds out that day.
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One California gold poppy plant.
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Feb 02 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.21 Miles 548 AEG
Hiking2.21 Miles      50 Mns   2.65 mph
548 ft AEG
 
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Nice little hike in the neighborhood.
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Jan 26 2019
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Willow Camp TrailBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.34 Miles 2,928 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   1.92 mph
2,928 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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I really enjoyed this hike in spite of the physical challenge it presented. Gaining 1900' in the first 2.9 miles made for a pretty rough hike, but it was worth it.
I started out at the Stinson Beach parking lot and hiked up through the neighborhood above downtown Stinson Beach to the trailhead at about 400' elevation. The Willow Camp Trail is in very good shape which is good because it just kept going up. There's a brief respite from the steady climb about 2.2 miles in, but the rest tested my fitness.

It was a relatively cool and windy day, but I was pretty warmed up by the time I reached the road, and then descended to Cataract Creek. The creek was going pretty good, but was nothing to write home about. Laurel Dell was pretty crowded, and the upper falls were as well. The best way to see the falls is to get there really early which is the case with pretty much everything out here.

I actually enjoyed the next stretch of the hike more than the falls as I took the Mickey O'Brien Trail up Barth's Creek to the Simmons Trail. The Simmons Trail was really neat as it headed up into a ridge of serpentine rock and Sargent's cypress. Always cool to see rare conifers. I plunged down the southern half of Simmons as the trail steepened and became more rocky.

I made it back to the trail that goes back up to the road in no time, but then there was a little bit of uphill that was not appreciated. My way down from the top on Willow Camp was pretty tame. I enjoyed watching a northern harrier do its thing for about 10 minutes. It was definitely up to something.

Rest assured that portion control and insomnia did not occur later that night.
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Dec 27 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   1.73 mph
1,775 ft AEG
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Stiller picked a good one. The scenery was spectacular, and the snow flurries were an added bonus. I was by how many people we saw on the second half of the hike because it was still very cold. I enjoyed seeing the Arizona cypress. The conditions were not good for photography, but I think I managed to get a few good ones. A good time was had by all as usual.
I highly recommend the Bullpen Bourbon Beef Sandwich at Verde Brewing.
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Dec 23 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Spur Cross LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,092 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.96 mph
1,092 ft AEG
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Another great hike with the Stiller. It was cool hiking in the dark (Darth Stiller demands a very early start for his storm troopers) under a pretty big moon before hiking uphill as the sun came up. The trip back down to the Dragonfly Trail was beautiful because of how the sun lit up the mountains behind us. Altogether a pretty sweet hike, and kudos again to Chris for putting it together.
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Nov 24 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.84 Miles 568 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   2.51 mph
568 ft AEG
 
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Oct 20 2018
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,205
 Triplogs 542

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Matt Davis Trail to Stinson BeachBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.37 Miles 1,509 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   1.54 mph
1,509 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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It was a gorgeous hike for multiple reasons.
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Sep 07 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Prairie Creek Nature TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.77 Miles 129 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   1.60 mph
129 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Lazy afternoon hike to check out the Arco Giant redwood. Not a great day for photography due to the low clouds, but there weren't many people out and about.
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Sep 06 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Stout GroveNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking1.63 Miles 79 AEG
Hiking1.63 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   1.02 mph
79 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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It was pretty crowded in Stout Grove that day. It was interesting going out onto the seasonal bridge over the Smith River.
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Jul 02 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Bishop Pass Trail - South LakeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking11.32 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking11.32 Miles   7 Hrs   47 Mns   1.66 mph
2,500 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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One of the better all-around hikes that I've done. I did this with some relatives a year after my cousin and I were foiled in our attempt to reach the pass by a rapidly melting snow pack that was still deeper than I am tall. The views were tremendous, and we saw plenty of wildlife, but the altitude makes this hike a tough one for a flatlander.

The trail head elevation is about 9,800' so get ready for some serious cardio on every uphill stretch, and we got to experience that almost right away. The initial part of the trail starts at the dam holding back South Lake, then goes uphill through an open forest of lodgepole pine. The mosquitoes weren't too bad, but they were definitely there. We quickly figured out that the best tactic against those awful little vampires was to keep moving because stopping for even a moment meant becoming quite popular with the worst insects on earth.

We reached Bull Lake after about 2 miles and crossed through a marshy area with intense mosquito activity. I vowed to apply more bug juice when we had a packs off break. Long Lake is only a few hundred feet past Bull Lake, and we stopped for a bit to enjoy the breeze that kept the mosquitoes at bay. As we hiked towards the junction with the Ruwau Lake Trail at 2.8 miles in I remembered how this stretch last year was a trail on a very dangerous, rapidly melting ledge of snow and ice hanging over the lake. This year it was a beautiful trail alongside Long Lake with trout all over the place.

The higher we got the better the views we had of the high peaks surrounding the alpine lakes above South Lake. Views of 13'ers Mt. Goode, Mt. Agassiz, Aperture Peak and Cloudripper (best and most appropriate name for a mountain ever) took over for the formidable-looking 12,237' Hurd Peak the higher we went. These mountains look really serious. Hurd Peak is basically a giant ragged fin of granite that stands 1,000 feet due west of Long Lake while 13,525' Cloud Ripper dominates in the east.

Spearhead Lake which was our turnaround point last year was our next stop. There is a sandbar between Spearhead Lake and Long Lake that was teeming with large trout. Unfortunately it was a few hundred feet down a talus scree from the trail, but we could see dozens of fish. The grade had been relatively easy for about 1.5 miles passing Long Lake and Spearhead Lake, but quickly gained a few hundred feet to Saddlerock Lake while the views became more spectacular.

I was enjoying the additional cardio from hiking at high altitude :lol: when I noticed that the trees had disappeared, and there was only a bunch of big, angular rocks as we entered a true alpine environment above Saddlerock Lake. A few of these rocks had yellow-bellied marmots as lonely sentinels along the way, and they're awesome. They're not particularly concerned about you, and just seem to spend their time chilling on top of big rocks while making high-pitched whistling noises.

The final 0.8 mile of switchbacks up to the pass from Bishop Lake, the highest lake in the canyon, had a gruesome display of mother nature at her cruelest. Dozens of mule deer died late last fall after slipping on ice in the upper reaches of Bishop Pass, and sliding down the ice field into the boulders below. The winter of 2016-17 was a monster, and there was still a lot of snow left over in the higher passes in the Eastern Sierra in October of 2017. The snow iced over as fall grew longer, and a bunch of deer didn't make it. The bucks all had full racks of antlers. The deer migrate over Bishop Pass from Dusy Valley in Kings Canyon National Park to the Owens Valley every fall. I counted two dozen deer along the trail with many more undoubtedly about to be revealed as the snow continued to melt uphill. The smell was pretty rough, but pretty typical of dead deer. Just a lot of it. Some mammal was crawling around inside of one of the deer gnawing on it. It was probably a large pine marten, but it was definitely a mustelid of some sort. I thought that it was possibly a young wolverine looked broad and bear-like, but this animal was no more than 20 lbs., but it was probably a marten. The exceedingly rare, and possibly extinct, California wolverine has allegedly been spotted in the general vicinity.

The final slog up to the summit had a marmot keeping watch over everything before the trail flattened out for a few hundred yards. We had a pack's off break a ways off of the trail, got a group photo, and headed back down. The trip back was when I took the most pictures because the light just got better and better. The mosquitoes got progressively worse the lower we went with some truly brutal stretches. Like hold-your-breath-bad. That quickened our pace which was a good thing because we were way late.

However, I noticed my first southern foxtail pine on the way down. It was much lower than I expected, and closer to the trail head than the pass. I hope to see every one of the conifers in Michael Kauffmann's book 'Conifers of the Pacific Slope' within a few years. The wildflowers were off the hook. One of the best hikes I've ever done w/ respect to alpine wildflowers.
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Jun 16 2018
JimmyLyding
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Muddy Hollow Grand TourBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.21 Miles 1,510 AEG
Hiking7.21 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.15 mph
1,510 ft AEG
 
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It was cool, windy and gloomy today at Point Reyes National Seashore. However, the consolation prize of seeing only 4 other people (3-person group and a solo hiker) over the course of the hike was nice. Both the Drakes View and Bucklin Trails were very overgrown for the most part. The Inverness Ridge Trail was in great shape, however. There was a remarkable amount of scat on the Bucklin Trail that is from either mountain lion or bobcat. I had never seen anything like that where there was dozens of large scats over a mile of trail.
Lots of wildflowers. Lots of wind.
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Jun 09 2018
JimmyLyding
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44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Pine Mountain LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking13.34 Miles 2,432 AEG
Hiking13.34 Miles   5 Hrs   26 Mns   2.53 mph
2,432 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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It was good to get out and do a nice long hike in the Bay Area, and not see a small army of fellow travelers. I've always enjoyed Pine Mountain in Marin because of the variety of scenery: windswept montane grasslands, a nice forest of bay laurel and Pacific yew, lakeside redwoods, small waterfalls and a lot of the extremely rare Sargent cypress. The Sargent cypress is the star of the show for dendrophiles because the redwoods are nothing special with only a handful of old growth specimens. I also saw plenty of wood rose, a few red and gold columbines and a lot of wildflowers in general in spite of the fact that it's been dry for at least a month and a half. The sheer variety of flora on this hike is stunning.

I was hoping to get some great pictures today, but the 20+ MPH wind combined with the blown out sky made much of the flora unsuitable for photographic portraits so I just concentrated on hiking instead. Very few people (2 solo mountain bikers, a pair of mountain bikers, a pair of hikers and a solo hiker a few hundred yards from the trail head when I was almost done) on the trail today. This trail isn't very popular, but it does have the reputation as being heavy on the mountain bikes. Good to get back in the saddle again. Mount Eddy kicked my butt two weeks ago, but today was easy.
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May 26 2018
JimmyLyding
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Mount Eddy TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking10.92 Miles 2,272 AEG
Hiking10.92 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.01 mph
2,272 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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This was the high point of a long weekend back at Trinity Lake. The first half of the hike is pretty easy as it's follows a contour on the Pacific Crest Trail, but it gets a little more cardio after that for a flatlander who's not used to high elevation as it ascends to Deadfall Lakes. The trail goes uphill through . There were a lot, and I mean A LOT, of people for what seemed like a remote area. However, it's a paved road all the way to the trailhead, and less than 2 hours from Redding so why are fellow travelers surprising?

Some guys warned me about the winds on the summit, and they weren't kidding. That might have been the strongest winds I've experienced in my life. Luckily there was a little spider hole on the small summit where I could hunker down for a snack out of the wind. Mount Shasta made brief appearances between the clouds blowing by, but it was difficult to get good pictures because my hands were freezing. The most scenic part of the hike may have been coming down from the summit with the upper reaches of the Sacramento River dominating the view to the south with the Trinity Alps in the distance.

It was cool seeing the northern foxtail pine (need a label) for the first time, or at least realizing it. There were lots of whitebark pines in the Deadfall Lakes basin, but not a lot of other vegetation due to the serpentine soil.
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May 12 2018
JimmyLyding
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 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.86 Miles 907 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.54 mph
907 ft AEG
 
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It's definitely getting warmer out here. The grass is almost completely yellow, but the wildflowers are still going strong. Lots of birds today: acorn woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, dove, crow, swift and the ubiquitous turkey vulture. I'm really looking forward to getting up to Trinity Lake in two weekends.
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