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Mar 19 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.30 Miles 652 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.79 mph
652 ft AEG
 
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I have a Shell Ridge problem. It's just so close! I also seem to see something new every time I'm there.
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Mar 16 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.35 Miles 598 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles      55 Mns   2.56 mph
598 ft AEG
 
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I wasn't planning on hiking this afternoon, but I needed to take the edge off of the anxiety I feel about COVID-19. Shell Ridge did the trick.
This coronavirus/COVID-19 disaster needs to be taken seriously. My county, Contra Costa, is on lockdown so please keep us in your thoughts. It doesn't seem to be hitting Arizona too hard, but it will. Be smart out there, and pay attention to what responsible authorities tell you. I'm happy to help anyone who'd like some knowledge or just a person to talk to.
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Mar 15 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Iron Horse Trail - Treat to RudgearBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.44 Miles 104 AEG
Hiking5.44 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.26 mph
104 ft AEG
 
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I did another hike on the Iron Horse Trail here in Walnut Creek. Going north seemed like a prudent idea considering yesterday was a southbound journey. Lots of rain. The pants I wore yesterday turned out to be not very waterproof while the pants I wore today were very waterproof, but also very cold.
The hills may dry out by tomorrow late afternoon so hopefully back to some more interesting stuff after working from home tomorrow. However, I'd prefer a lot of rain to good hiking conditions for a lot of reasons.
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Mar 14 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Iron Horse Trail - Treat to RudgearBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.56 Miles 121 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.10 mph
121 ft AEG
 
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Walked down to Alamo and back for the quarantine.
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Mar 12 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.48 Miles 671 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.82 mph
671 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Another little hike after work.
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Mar 11 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.08 Miles 767 AEG
Hiking4.08 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.91 mph
767 ft AEG
 
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Fun little after work hike. The Shell is really getting nice.
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Mar 08 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.29 Miles 972 AEG
Hiking5.29 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.83 mph
972 ft AEG
 
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Cloudy and cold after rain the day before. Wildflowers continue to become more common, and the trees are starting to resemble their normal selves.
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Mar 07 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Nimitz Way TrailBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.60 Miles 576 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.91 mph
576 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Apparently someone was dumb enough to go hiking in the cold rain. Guess who that person is?

There were surprisingly a decent number of people, but the rain wasn't that bad, and Nimitz Way is paved for about 4 miles. I went out about 3 miles and came back while hitting Wildcat Peak on the way back. It was lightly raining when I started, not raining in the middle, and very lightly raining when I finished.

I saw a lucky worm, a cool rough-skinned newt and a covey of California quail. Some unhappy wildflowers were also seen.
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Mar 01 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.44 Miles 655 AEG
Hiking4.44 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.06 mph
655 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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More fun in my backyard. It was cold, cloudy and windy.
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Feb 29 2020
JimmyLyding
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Pine Mountain LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.44 mph
1,180 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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We wanted to check out the Sargent cypress forest and serpentine wonderland on San Geronimo Ridge, and then head up to Pine Mountain for some nice turkey sandwiches. I was reminded why I keep coming back to this area. Great views, botanical curiosities and the feeling of being 'out there.'
I had only done the big loop hike, but my company wasn't up to it so we kept it mellow.
It was too windy for good pictures of the Sargent cypress in spite of the near-perfect lighting conditions. Today was a good day.
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Feb 23 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.79 Miles 561 AEG
Hiking2.79 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.70 mph
561 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Great way to end the day.
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Feb 22 2020
JimmyLyding
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional PreserveBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking4.24 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.77 mph
900 ft AEG
 
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Nice little hike to stretch my legs a bit before fight night. The poppies are starting to pop up.
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Feb 16 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking5.43 Miles 1,091 AEG
Hiking5.43 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.83 mph
1,091 ft AEG
 
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I really liked this loop. Counterclockwise to the saddle then clockwise on the southern half back to Briones-Diablo back to the saddle then up to the high northern peak then down the north switchback. It would all make sense if you did it.

Shell Ridge is simply a phenomenal amenity to have a mile away.
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There's now about a half dozen clusters of California poppies. We are a week or two away from wildflowers changing from Isolated to Light.
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Feb 15 2020
JimmyLyding
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Muddy Hollow Grand TourBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,102 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.40 mph
1,102 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Nice day out in Point Reyes with CN. We had a bite to eat out on Limantour Beach which was lovely, then went back up to Muddy Hollow. Hiked up the Bayview Trail to the Inverness Ridge Trail then back down the Drakes View Trail. Lots of mountain lion poop which seems to be the general theme on Inverness Ridge.
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Feb 11 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.78 Miles 551 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles      57 Mns   2.93 mph
551 ft AEG
 
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Spring fever is here. However, we need a lot more rain. I don't want to spend another summer choking on smoke. I saw a second cluster of California poppies.
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California poppy.
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Feb 09 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.00 Miles 594 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.61 mph
594 ft AEG
 
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Took a slightly different route this time on my local loop. I saw a nice coyote that didn't seem overly concerned with the few people who were out in the crazy wind. The wind reminded me of a Red Flag day so thankfully it isn't fire season.
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Feb 08 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.79 Miles 565 AEG
Hiking2.79 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.62 mph
565 ft AEG
 
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Typical Shell Ridge loop. Not a lot of people out there today despite the weather being drop dead gorgeous. Still just the two California poppies, but there are some others on the way from the same plant. I saw a nice kestrel on the way down. Those things really don't like people getting close to him. The barn swallows were more cooperative with respect to having their picture taken.
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California poppies
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Feb 05 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.79 Miles 565 AEG
Hiking2.79 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.62 mph
565 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Left work a little early to enjoy the first non-cold day in weeks. Great colors in the sky at sunset. I saw the first two poppies of the year near the high point.
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Feb 02 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Shell Ridge LoopBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking3.09 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking3.09 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.69 mph
540 ft AEG
 
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Nice little hike on Shell Ridge. I mixed it up a bit by descending the switchbacks on the north side because I almost always take the road.
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Feb 01 2020
JimmyLyding
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 Guides 111
 Routes 426
 Photos 4,290
 Triplogs 707

46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Nimitz Way TrailBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.59 Miles 427 AEG
Hiking6.59 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   3.21 mph
427 ft AEG
 
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Lots of haze around the bay and the inland valleys in the East Bay, but it was sunny up on the ridge top. I wish I would've worn shorts because it was gorgeous today.
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average hiking speed 2.71 mph
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