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Mar 24 2018
JimmyLyding
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Cataract - High Marsh - Kent TrailsBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
JimmyLyding
Hiking6.39 Miles 1,511 AEG
Hiking6.39 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   1.91 mph
1,511 ft AEG
 
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This hike was remarkable on a few fronts. Cataract Falls were at their best, but there were a lot of people. A ridiculous amount of people. Cataract Falls isn't a huge waterfall in one place like Havasu Falls, but is a series of smaller falls that sometimes fall from a large height, and sometimes cascade over rocks over about 1,000' as the crow flies. The trail along the falls is about a mile, and it's a healthy workout with lots of stair steps.
It has been raining the last few weeks in Northern California, and this forest was very wet. This is one of the wettest spots in the greater Bay Area. This made it all the more puzzling why we didn't see a Pacific banana slug until we returned to the car which was parked right at the trail head even though it was slammed that day. Lucky.
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Oct 18 2014
JimmyLyding
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46 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Cataract - High Marsh - Kent TrailsBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2014
JimmyLyding
Hiking7.86 Miles 2,404 AEG
Hiking7.86 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.16 mph
2,404 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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This hike reminded me just how out of shape I am. I'd like to do this as a hike all the way up to East Peak of Mount Tamalpais this fall. I saw only my second Pacific rattlesnake deep in the forest near Cataract Falls, and it wasn't friendly. Only saw a few exhausted-looking hikers going up the Kent Trail and no one on Helen Markt. There was a tree down across Markt, but I crawled through it without too much difficulty. I'll be back here soon.
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Alpine 33-000 Dam Alpine Lake
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average hiking speed 2.04 mph

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