Overnight backpack in Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
Started on the Coast Trail and did a side trip to Alamere falls which was pretty incredible. Took the Ocean Lakes loop to Wildcat camp. From wildcat camp walked up the Stewart trail and then back on the Coast trail to Glen trail and eventually Glen Camp for the night.
Day 2 consisted of Glen loop back to Stewart then Greenpicker to the Ridge trail. Ridge trail back to the road and 1 Mile road walk back to Palomarin TH. Day 2 more forested and less views of the ocean but we did not see any ppl. Really enjoyable.
Saturday at the Palomarin th was much busier than Friday. Loads of ppl parked up to our mile before the trailhead, presumably most of these folks are doing a day hike to Alamere Falls.
Been meaning to get to Pt. Reyes for a while now and this was a great introduction that included ocean views, water falls, lakes, and coastal forests. Great place to explore.
Enjoyable Sunday hike. The trailheads in Auburn State Rec Area closest to the town of Auburn were packed (pretty typical). But we were the only trail at the trailhead for this one and didn't see another soul for the rest of the hike. Decent views down into the Middle Fork of the American River and the Ruck a Chucky Rapids. The spot were the trail ends at Canyon Creek has a nice pool which looks idyllic for swimming. The Auburn SRA is probably going to become a go-to for day hikes for me.
Started the day trying to hike from Cowboy Camp making a longer loop in the Cache Creek area.
Hiked for almost a mile until the crossing of Bear Creek, still flowing pretty good. Too deep to cross without getting your feet wet. We opted to head back to the car and instead do a loop from the Judge Davis Trailhead which actually got us into the Cache Creek Wilderness Area. Cool area, plan on being back.
Decent loop hike at the Skyline Wilderness Park made by combining Skyline, Rim Rock and Manzanita Trails. Some really nice wild flowers. Had lunch at Lake Marie and a nice stop in Napa post-hike. You can add a few miles by adding the Tuteur Loop to this but that was closed.
Good little hike. Interesting partnership that makes this trail possible (utility, private landowner, nature conservancy). Saw some lizards and 2 garter snakes. There was water in all of the vernal pools.
Good, short hike. Trails in the preserve could be combined into longer hikes, especially with all the old fire roads criss-crossing the area. We did the Highwater trail, Cascade Falls trail and the San Anselmo Trail. Not all of the signed trails were included in the trail map that is available from Marin county online.
Did a loop consisting of the Bootjack trail, TCC trail, and Ben Johnson trails. Park literature says it is 6 miles. The last mile was spent on the main trail of the Monument scanning the creek for Coho Salmon. Didn't see any unfortunately. Beautiful spot and great scenery.
Interesting to see a generic hike description for this one. However, this is not a loop hike, just an out and back. The Overland Trail connects to the Ruby Crest Trail so there is the potential for shuttles of longer distances and extended trips. Just be aware that the most direct route to Overland Lake and returning is not a loop.
The Overland trail connects to the Ruby Crest Trail about halfway along the Ruby Crest Trail. Trailhead is located in Ruby Valley North of the National and State Wildlife Refuges. I was surprised because despite the hike being in high elevation, there is very limited shade along the trail and no water.Overland Lake is a decent sized lake in the Rubies that has a reproducing population of Brook Trout (non-native, delicious).
Got started late, around 10:30. It was already hot. Expect sun exposure most of the hike. We saw tons of large Orthopterans (grass hopper or cricket) in the lower elevations. These looked different from the "horse lubbers" I've seen in AZ. Got to the lake a little after 1:30. What a beautiful lake. The destination is especially unexpected given how dry the hike up is. We fished for about an hour before heading back. Nice day hike. I would love to do more in the Ruby Mountains.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.