A little overnight splash of rain washed away my plan to hike the Pine Mountain Loop in Marin because it would've included a 4-mile stretch of pure mud so I settled on Nimitz Way because it's largely paved. Some muddy stretches, but nothing crazy.
The day started out cloudy with misting going on across Wildcat Canyon, but ended up being gorgeous. I hiked for a bit with a nice couple I met on Wildcat Peak. Paved Nimitz Way all the way past the Nike missile site to Mezue Trail which I took down to Wildcat Creek Trail. Unfortunately I started immediately coming back uphill on the Havey Canyon Trail which had a few stretches of mud. Nothing too crazy, but definitely some hairy stretches. Then I went up to the actual Nike missile site because I had to hit that high point. Returned on the Nimitz Trail with its usual ridiculous afternoon views.
Gorgeous weather except for the haze over most of the Bay Area. I couldn't tell if it was smog, smoke from fireplaces or harmless water vapor. There hasn't been any wind over the last week so I'm betting on smog.
Started from Inspiration Point, took Meadow Canyon to Lone Oak then Pine Tree to Laurel Canyon up to Wildcat Peak. Took Wildcat Peak Trail back down to Wildcat Gorge Trail then up Conlon to Nimitz Way. Nimitz Way has apparently been recently repaved, and there were a ton of people the rest of the way back to the trail head.
Autumn Foliage ObservationLight Light for the Bay Area which equates to almost-nonexistent for most of the rest of the country.
Another beautiful day by the bay. There were lots of people and an amazing number of off-leash dogs on trails where dogs are prohibited. There was the usual large number of raptors, and I saw a lot of turkeys. I'm pretty beat after 2 good hikes in 2 days, but well worth it. Wildflowers are starting to poke up just a bit.
average hiking speed 2.49 mph
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.