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May 25 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Apr 28 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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 108
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 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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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1st trip
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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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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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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 Guides 108
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 Photos 4,221
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44 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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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Apr 04 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Mar 30 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 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
 
1st trip
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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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Mar 25 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking1.36 Miles 414 AEG
Hiking1.36 Miles      30 Mns   2.72 mph
414 ft AEG
 
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Dos Veces
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Mar 24 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking0.92 Miles 243 AEG
Hiking0.92 Miles      17 Mns   3.25 mph
243 ft AEG
 
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Shell Ridge Una Vez.
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Mar 23 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Lime RidgeBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.21 Miles 641 AEG
Hiking3.21 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   2.75 mph
641 ft AEG
 
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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.
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Mar 21 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mount Diablo NorthBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.05 Miles 487 AEG
Hiking3.05 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.73 mph
487 ft AEG
 
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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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Mar 14 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.19 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking2.19 Miles      52 Mns   2.53 mph
582 ft AEG
 
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I continue to fall more in love with this mountain. The sun is out and the birds are singing (so are the bees along with the birds :D ).
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Mar 13 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.62 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking2.62 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   2.58 mph
710 ft AEG
 
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Nice hike after work today. It doesn't pack the punch of Squaw Peak or Camelback, but it'll do! Saw a nice flock of barn swallows foraging along the upper ridgeline. More poppies every day.
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Mar 12 2019
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 108
 Routes 330
 Photos 4,221
 Triplogs 562

44 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.21 Miles 537 AEG
Hiking2.21 Miles      54 Mns   2.46 mph
537 ft AEG
 
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Doing the same hike over and over is a great way to learn that a Garmin 700 will not ever record the exact same distance and AEG for the same hike no matter what.
Windy day on the mountain today.
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