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Jul 02 2021
JimmyLyding
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Stinson Beach LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.23 Miles 2,183 AEG
Hiking9.23 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.14 mph
2,183 ft AEG
 
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I took Friday off of work so I could hike somewhere out by the coast. This loop is the best hike out of Stinson Beach in my opinion because of the botanical diversity, views, terrain, strenuousness and location.

The large parking lot at Stinson Beach was virtually deserted when I arrived which wasn't surprising because it was gloomy, cold and windy. Perfect hiking weather! I took the Dipsea Trail up through the coastal scrub with golden blooming sticky monkey-flower. I noticed my GPS appp showed something called the Stinson Tree so I took a side trip down an old road to what turned out to be a huge eucalyptus tree with a picturesque swing. A great view, and a steep plunge down to Hwy. 1 250 feet below was only a few steps away. It was then I discovered three World War 2-era bunkers facing out to sea. Actually, the bunkers had been discovered before as evidenced by being covered in graffiti and full of trash.

Dipsea then runs in conjunction with the Steep Ravine Trail through a nice redwood forest as the route continued its ascent of the westernmost flank of Mount Tam. The Dipsea branched away from Steep Ravine and climbed up the longest stretch of its dreaded stairs. The redwood forest opened up and the trees got progressively smaller the higher the trail climbed until finally the views returned. At least views of foggy Douglas-fir and ground clouds blowing through. I have to admit that it was pretty neat. The trail flattened out as it approached Cardiac Hill. The highlight of this stretch was the leopard lilies.

I continued down to the Stapleveldt Trail through a nice redwood and Douglas-fir forest, and then reached Pantoll right at the 5 mile mark after the last big climb.

I then took the Matt Davis Trail west as it roughly contours along the 1500' mark just below the southern end of Bolinas Ridge. The views really open up here as the trail smoothly transitions between mountain grassland, young redwoods and tanoak groves. Finally, Matt Davis went steeply down through a mixed woodland until it dumped me out at the end of a cul-de-sac only 2 blocks from Hwy. 1 in downtown :lol: Stinson Beach. That was a good day.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Leopard lily (lilium pardalinum), Pacific false bindweed (calystegia purpurata).
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Jan 31 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,307
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.56 Miles 1,219 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.51 mph
1,219 ft AEG
 
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I've grown accustomed to starting my forays into Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space at trailheads other than Indian Valley. IV has gotten out of control in terms of crowds. This was a nice route that took me to two different high points. Mask compliance at Shell Ridge has unfortunately gone from being good to mediocre.
The glorious weather today plus two full days of drying out from the last storm guaranteed a lot of fellow travelers. The local bird population appears to be at a nadir right now.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jan 30 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.95 Miles 819 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.79 mph
819 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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It's nice to see that the hills are finally mostly green which is about a month late here. There weren't as many people out as I expected, and it wasn't nearly as muddy as I feared it would be. No mud clods clinging to boots today. I saw my first poppy of the year though it was still still curled up.

It was nice to sit for a moment on top of the north Shell Ridge high peak in the warm sunshine.

Seems like it's been forever since I've done that.
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Jan 24 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking1.25 Miles 249 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles      23 Mns   3.26 mph
249 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 23 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.87 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.57 mph
585 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 17 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Las Trampas PeakBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.28 Miles 1,231 AEG
Hiking4.28 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.05 mph
1,231 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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It was good to hike something besides Shell Ridge. It was also good that it gave me an excuse to get takeout green chile enchiladas from Dos Coyotes :D The first part was up the moderately steep and unrelenting Rocky Ridge View Trail. I was rewarded with a view of San Francisco and quite a bit of the bay area when we reached the top of the ridge. Rocky Ridge is a 2-mile-long ridge on the west side of Danville, and is one of the more popular hiking spots in the East Bay. We got lucky as there wasn't much of a crowd when I started. It was a zoo when we finished, however.
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Jan 16 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.77 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking5.77 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.37 mph
1,192 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 14 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.06 Miles 606 AEG
Hiking3.06 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   2.78 mph
606 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 09 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.60 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.71 mph
763 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jan 01 2021
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.37 Miles 991 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.60 mph
991 ft AEG
 
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Nice way to spend New Year's Day. It was a little cold and overcast, but nothing too serious. It's starting to get green up there which is a very good thing.
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Dec 26 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,307
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.33 Miles 992 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.67 mph
992 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dec 19 2020
JimmyLyding
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.49 Miles 1,006 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.28 mph
1,006 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Dec 12 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,307
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.43 Miles 776 AEG
Hiking3.43 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.57 mph
776 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Nice and misty today.
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Nov 28 2020
JimmyLyding
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.59 Miles 1,159 AEG
Hiking5.59 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.54 mph
1,159 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nov 24 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour      2.50 mph
500 ft AEG
 
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Started at Indian Valley, up the north switchback to the high north peak then back with downhill on Motivation Hill.
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Nov 22 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      45 Mns   2.67 mph
250 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Nov 21 2020
JimmyLyding
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.00 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.80 mph
750 ft AEG
 
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Howe Homestead Park to Joaquin Hill to Middle Shell Ridge via Indian Creek Trail to North Shell Ridge to Indian Valley to Fossil Hill Trail to Kovar Trail to Howe Homestead Park.
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Nov 14 2020
JimmyLyding
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Joaquin Miller Park, CA 
Joaquin Miller Park, CA
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 07 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 431
 Photos 4,307
 Triplogs 716

47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour      3.00 mph
500 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Oct 30 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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47 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
James Irvine TrailNorthern, CA
Northern, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.57 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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average hiking speed 2.53 mph
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