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Jul 12 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Claremont Canyon, CA 
Claremont Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.61 Miles 1,570 AEG
Hiking6.61 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.28 mph
1,570 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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It's been a warm weekend here in the Bay, but today was a tad better than yesterday. This hike is always nice for a quickie because it's close, on the bay side of the Berkeley Hills so it's about 10 degrees cooler than my side, and it's a butt-kicker. The trails weren't nearly as crowded as they were yesterday.

I decided to go all the way up to the road, and then over to trail down to the fire road. I took the fire road down to the water tower, then Panoramic Way to the shortcut to the first bench. Maybe another one there tomorrow if the old Achilles is feeling it.
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Jul 11 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Claremont Canyon, CA 
Claremont Canyon, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.74 Miles 1,135 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.26 mph
1,135 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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This hike was a warm one. It's always a treat, however, with the world-class views of San Francisco Bay. Oakland, Berkeley, Cal, San Francisco, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, Mount Tam and the mountains that stretch for miles to the north and south at the coast provide a visual feast not commonly seen. I almost forgot the Golden Gate Bridge! I'll get some pictures up soon because I have a bunch from many hikes.
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Jun 21 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Tilden-Wildcat Canyon Regional Park LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.81 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.74 mph
778 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I wanted an easy hike that wasn't too far away, but not Shell Ridge!
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Jun 06 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Abrigo Valley and Mott PeakBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.25 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.65 mph
951 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Probably the last hike I'll do in Briones until late in the fall when it cools off. The sky was bluer than blue, and there was a lot of fellow travelers.
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May 31 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Abrigo Valley and Mott PeakBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 31 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.33 Miles 946 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.79 mph
946 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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This was the second of three hikes in Briones. I like this loop for its views and up-and-down grade.
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May 30 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Abrigo Valley and Mott PeakBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 30 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.20 Miles 801 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs      2.69 mph
801 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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I got in a few hikes in Briones on an unseasonably cool weekend. There weren't too many people out today which was a welcome surprise. I always enjoy Briones, but it has become quite popular during the pandemic.
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May 19 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Carquinez Overlook Loop TrailBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 19 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.65 Miles 289 AEG
Hiking2.65 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.06 mph
289 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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May 17 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.17 Miles 982 AEG
Hiking7.17 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.91 mph
982 ft AEG
 
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Nice weather even with the rain earlier this morning. The trails were almost completely dry, and there were very few fellow travelers. I went pretty hard because I'm getting ready for my trip up to Trinity Lake next week!
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May 16 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 16 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.30 Miles 779 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.66 mph
779 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I kept it pretty mellow because my Achilles has been not so friendly. I may take a few days off before my trip up to Trinity next week just for self-preservation. The vegetation is getting close to its summer regime, but there are still solid patches of green.
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May 14 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 14 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.18 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking6.18 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.73 mph
545 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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May 10 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.10 Miles 904 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   2.96 mph
904 ft AEG
 
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Lather, rinse, repeat. Another day on the Shell. The weather today was stunning, and there were surprisingly few people out.
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May 09 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.36 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.66 mph
1,125 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I keep thinking about how hiking has changed for me, and how so many other things have changed in all of our lives. It's easy to notice the couples who hike side by side as they pass other hikers, the hikers headed downhill who walk right past nice spots to get a good distance off the trail when I'm headed uphill, and the groups of multiple family groups. There are a lot of noobs out there because hiking is one of the few ways to get serious exercise in my neighborhood. I see a lot of fellow hikers wearing basketball shoes.

I thank the heavens every day that I'm a 15-18 minute walk from Shell Ridge Open Space which is adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park. I've also been thinking about how fortunate I've been during this whole mess compared to so many other people, and how I should be more tolerant of less experienced trail users. People who may have far weightier matters on their minds than proper trail etiquette, and are just trying to get some exercise while trying out a new sport. People who are more focused on how psyched they are to have finally discovered the wonderful hiking opportunity in their neighborhood. We really do live in an accepting community.

At first I was tempted to lash out, to tell them the way it needs to be (according to me!), but now I find myself more accepting of how people who aren't decades-long hiking enthusiasts use the trail. It's getting warm here so there should be fewer people on the trails, except for the next week, but I think it's a good thing that so many people discovered hiking over the last 2 months.
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The poppies are starting to dry out and die, and the range is turning dry and golden as normal for this time of year.
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May 03 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 03 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.58 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking7.58 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.82 mph
978 ft AEG
 
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Glorious weather this morning, and not as many people as I expected. Great way to start the Sunday.
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May 02 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.38 Miles 1,471 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.69 mph
1,471 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Nice day for a hike with temps in the low 70s, puffy clouds and a light breeze. Surprisingly I didn't see a lot of people out enjoying the trails with me. I managed to see a nice kingsnake, and the summer suite of birds seems to be firmly established.
The hills are much closer to the deep brown of summer than the verdant green of late winter.
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Apr 26 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.34 mph
1,156 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Nice warm day for a hike. I can tell that the sun is considerably stronger than it was a few months ago. The hills are really starting to turn brown now, but the wildflowers are still popping.
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Apr 19 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.67 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.64 mph
592 ft AEG
 
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Overcast and cool morning hike. I was not motivated to begin the hike, but it's never regrettable.
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Apr 18 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.72 Miles 1,614 AEG
Hiking9.72 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.64 mph
1,614 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Fun little lasso loop that incorporated Joaquin Hill (AKA Fossil Hill) and the entire Shell Ridge system. Lots of people out today, but not too many dumb dumbs hiking side by side. The hills are browning up pretty quickly, but the wildflowers are still popping.
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Apr 14 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.07 Miles 616 AEG
Hiking5.07 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.36 mph
616 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I took a new route up a social trail back up to the top of Quarry Hill and the Summit Ridge Trail after going up and over the former. The pollen is practically a food item at this point.
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Apr 12 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.59 Miles 616 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.90 mph
616 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Apr 11 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 399
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 666

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking16.52 Miles 2,238 AEG
Hiking16.52 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.62 mph
2,238 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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It was good to get out for a good, long hike. I left my apartment at the crack of 11 to see how far I could get up towards the summit of Mount Diablo. I didn't expect to reach the summit, and indeed what I discovered is that reaching the very top from my pad would require quite about 6 more miles and a few thousand more feet of elevation gain than what I did.
It was a trip how the first half of the hike was cloudy and gloomy while the second half was in bright blue sunshine. The overcast disappeared with a snap. Welcome to California.
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