The Thursday Picture – Bay Trail

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Today’s Thursday Picture was taking last Sunday on my hike at Ravenswood OSP in East Palo Alto.  I’m usually hiking in the mountains surrounding the Silicon Valley.  However, in my quest to hike in every MROSD by the end of 2015, Ravenswood was next on my list.  I’m glad I visited.  Running adjacent to the southern San Francisco Bay, there is a large tidal marsh that is teeming with all sorts of birds like sandpipers, avocets, and the endangered California Clapper Rails.  My knowledge of shore birds is something that I need to improve!

While I was visiting Ravenswood OSP, there was construction of an education center going on at the adjacent Cooley Landing Park, which is part of the City of East Palo Alto.  I’m looking forward to returning later in the year when the center is completed.

The trails at Ravenswood are all flat…and, are very family friendly.  The trails are part of the San Francisco Bay Trail.  From their website: “The Bay Trail is a planned recreational corridor that, when complete, will encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays with a continuous 500-mile network of bicycling and hiking trails. It will connect the shoreline of all nine Bay Area counties, link 47 cities, and cross the major toll bridges in the region. date, approximately 338 miles of the alignment–over 67 percent of the Bay Trail’s ultimate length–have been completed.”

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I really liked the special concrete treatment included as part of the walk way around the southern part of Ravenswood OSP.

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If you need a change of pace from the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, I would encourage you to check out Ravenswood OSP.

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

1-DSC_6358The weeks photo was taken at the Pinnacle National Park in California.  These crazy looking rock formations are visible all over the park.  I took this shot from the High Peaks Trail on the way to Hawkins Peak.

From the Pinnacles National Park site page:

Pinnacles National Park, located near the San Andreas Fault along the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, is an excellent example of tectonic plate movement. The Pinnacles Rocks are believed to be part of the Neenach Volcano that occurred 23 million years ago near present-day Lancaster, California, some 195 miles (314 km) southeast. The giant San Andreas Fault split the volcano and the Pacific Plate crept north, carrying the Pinnacles. The work of water and wind on these erodible volcanic rocks has formed the unusual rock structures seen today.

A great place to hike, with several challenging trails.  The forces of nature are evident from most of the high trails in the park.  If you are traveling in California, I would strongly encourage you to make a stop at the Pinnacles National Park.

Both of these pictures are taken from the picturesque, but challenging, High Peaks Trail:

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Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

Forces of Nature

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The Thursday Picture – San Bernardino and Beyond

View of San Bernardino and beyond from Tahquitz Peak Trail Hike No 20

You can file today’s Thursday picture in the “Throwback Thursday” file!

From my hike up to the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout Station, incredible views of San Bernardino and beyond from the Tahquitz Peak Trail!

The views along this hike are just spectacular! At 8,828 feet, the Tahquitz Peak fire lookout is the highest lookout located in the San Bernardino National Forest. 1-DSC_4743

Although challenging in many parts, the climb up to the fire lookout was fun.

Devils Slide Trail on the switchbacks near Saddle Junction Hike No 20

Whoa…that’s more than one picture! I can’t wait to go back and take more pictures on this hike.

If you are in Southern California, make sure that you consider hiking up to the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout!

Links:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/null/recarea/?recid=71977&actid=64
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/about-forest/districts/?cid=fsbdev7_007800
http://modernhiker.com/2014/07/16/hike-tahquitz-peak/

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you are looking for me, I’m over the hill!