Author Archives: trailhiker

Surprising Summer Wildflowers at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden

This was a no-apology wildflower walk at the Regional Parks Botanical Garden in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley.  Why no-apology?  Well, two days prior I had received a newsletter with an article highlighting two rare clarkia wildflowers that were in … Continue reading

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Tahoe Meadows Loop Trails

During a recent visit to the north Lake Tahoe area I decided to explore a pretty system of trails at Tahoe Meadows, near Mt Rose summit: the Tahoe Meadows Loop Trails.  Most of the hike I did was recently highlighted … Continue reading

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Tahoe Rim Trail: Mt Rose Summit to Mt Houghton

Mt Houghton is a 10,490-foot high peak less than a mile and a half from Mt Rose and, since 2014, reachable via an established spur trail from the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).  I had hiked up Mt Houghton shortly after … Continue reading

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Los Gatos Creek Trail from Vasona Dam to Lexington Reservoir

Since the Los Gatos Creek Trail is a paved pedestrian and bicycle path for most of its 10-mile length, this hike felt more like a walk:  I wore running shoes and used the pedometer I don’t carry on wilderness hikes.  … Continue reading

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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

When I planned to hike in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park I had in mind to visit on a warm day, since the park is heavily forested and shaded – a great destination for a warm day when … Continue reading

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PCT Section O: Bartle Gap to Ash Camp

In general, hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) require some advance planning, whether single-day or multi-day hikes.  However, this hike had a longer than usual planning timeline.  In November 2017 I did 4 day hikes in the same area … Continue reading

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Coal Creek Open Space Preserve

This hike was my first visit to Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, a 500-acre preserve along Skyline Blvd (CA-35) just northwest of Page Mill Rd in the southeast corner of San Mateo County.  The preserve is just across Skyline Blvd … Continue reading

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