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2020/04/26 Attempted Fremont Older Garrods Farm Loop
π 2020-04-26 01:01 in Exercising
It might have been 11 years since we last did that loop (oops), so I figured we'd go for another on. That wasn't counting on the friendly open space district folks who decided to close the entire area to bikers and horses in order to avoid people having potential accidents and ending up in the hospital. Sigh, that felt heavy handed. On the plus side, the area was re-opened to bikes 6 days later.

Here's the track that shows how close we got to making the normal loop, but the detour we had to take: (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

Here is the navigation track on google maps

we biked by the reservoir which had finally gotten a bit of water
we biked by the reservoir which had finally gotten a bit of water

and then made it to Garrods Farm just to find out that the trail access was closed :(
and then made it to Garrods Farm just to find out that the trail access was closed :(

We ended up biking all the way around Eden Road, losing all the altitude we had just painfully gained, and took another entrace to the park, that was walking only:


at least the view was nice
at least the view was nice


After over an hour going around including a steep way back up we had to walk in parts, we got back to the same point we were had, had e been allowed to cross:


and we resumed the ride to an exit that was totally open to bikers
and we resumed the ride to an exit that was totally open to bikers

I plotted a route to McClellan and Stevens Creek Trail
I plotted a route to McClellan and Stevens Creek Trail



We ended up with a much longer ride than planned, but it was still nice.

2020/04/17 Hiking Skyline to Purisima Creek Redwoods, Half Moon Bay Side
π 2020-04-17 01:01 in Hiking
I used my garmin watch and GPS to track the hike (click on it for a zoomed version)

Weather was not ideal, but we wanted to go on a friday before San Mateo closes absolutely everything on weekends. Drive on skyline was foggy:




We had a look at the map, and went Whittemore Gulch Trail down to Higgins Canyon Road:








it was fogged in, gives nice views, even if it was cold and wet
it was fogged in, gives nice views, even if it was cold and wet


half moon bay
half moon bay

It was caterpillar season:




Also lots of slugs:






And yes, redwood trees:




We finally got to the bottom after a bit less than 2h at leisurely pace:

San Mateo is nicely closing everything on weekends, and most everything the rest of the week
San Mateo is nicely closing everything on weekends, and most everything the rest of the week

Quick lunch break, and 1h30 hike back up:








We didn't cross too many people on the trail, except on the top

2020/04/10 Steven's Creek Trail, Bay Trail around Moffett, to Calabazas Creek, and back via John Christian Greenbelt
π 2020-04-10 01:01 in Exercising
It had been a while since we went for a real bike ride, so we went for a nice 5.5h Bike Ride (click on the garmin recording for more stats and a bigger map)

surface streets to the Steven's Creek Trail entrance
surface streets to the Steven's Creek Trail entrance


we took the scenic route through another trail and a stream crossing :)
we took the scenic route through another trail and a stream crossing :)





nice little chicks
nice little chicks

can I boroow one? :)
can I boroow one? :)

fluffy and cute :)
fluffy and cute :)



the trash pile had a few landmowers :)
the trash pile had a few landmowers :)


more babies
more babies


back through John Christian Greenbelt
back through John Christian Greenbelt



2020/04/02 13+ Mile Hike From Top of Montebello Road to PageMill and Back
π 2020-04-02 01:01 in Hiking
We've biked up to the top of Montebello a couple of times (pretty tough bike ride), and I've also driven up multiple times, it's a fun drive in the mclaren, and only 12mn from home to the top if no one is in my way :) I had been thinking about going across to PageMill one day, but have yet to do this.
That said, I figured we'd drive up the top, hike across, so we did. Unfortunately there is no legal parking up the road, there is a "reserved" parking lot, but it's behind a locked gate to stop people like us from hiking from the top of the road :(

in the meantime, I used a perfectly good parking spot, outside of the sign saying no to park there
in the meantime, I used a perfectly good parking spot, outside of the sign saying no to park there

We took a few pictures of the bay from the top:







I used my oregon 700 to track the hike, and got a nice track (click on it for a zoomed version)

Time for the hike:



this cute hungry bunny was there both times we walked by
this cute hungry bunny was there both times we walked by

from Montebello, it was easy to get to the top of black mountain
from Montebello, it was easy to get to the top of black mountain

FAA repeater which I've used while flying
FAA repeater which I've used while flying

We eventually got to the beginner backpacker camp, which was closed for covid-19 of course. A bunch of turkeys were roaming around:





We found a bit more wildlife, the deer were pretty skittish though:





interestingly, there are more squirrels in our yard that we found there
interestingly, there are more squirrels in our yard that we found there

jennifer found a nice hummingbird
jennifer found a nice hummingbird



Nice flowers:








The trail was pretty nice:



by the time we got to skyline/pagemill, it got more foresty
by the time we got to skyline/pagemill, it got more foresty

getting to the Pagemill/Montebello parking lot
getting to the Pagemill/Montebello parking lot





We ended up getting to skyline, and crossing over to horseshoe lake:




It was then time to get back to the Montebello trail back. I didn't quite plan for the elevation change, turns out we went down about a thousand feet before going back up:




trail back up
trail back up

On the way back, we found our same little bunny, it was easy to recognize due to the neutering clip in the ear:



Eventually we made it back to the parking lot that is nicely closed to the regular public:



All in all, it was a 5.5h 13.5 mile hike, a bit more than planned with the extra loop I added, but worth it:



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