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the path I took.
9/16/2006 - After many weeks of 10+ mile hikes (Forest
of Nisene Marks, Big Basin, Marin, Whitney, Half Dome), I was tempted to
stay put this weekend. But at work, I signed up for a fitness marathon thing
- a virtual walk to Vegas, and so I thought I should at least do a bit of
walking. We were given free pedometers to measure our distances, which I'm
wearing even as I type this. My pedometer reads 18.67 miles so far (started
2 days ago on 9/14/06).
7 of these miles were from 2 days of jogging and
badminton, and 10 miles were from the hike today. I hadn't hiked this particular
loop in probably at least 5 years, perhaps even more. I may be the only
person that has hiked this loop, not because it's difficult or long, but
because about 3 miles of it is on roadways, not foot-trails.
loop starts at the end of Sanborn Road where there's dirt parking for 2
to 3 vehicles. The trail starts steeply up about 0.5 miles to The Lake Ranch
Reservoir. This is a 'secret' pond I discovered not long after I moved to
California. I have walked just about every inch around the pond and have
visited it probably more than 20 times alltogether over the years. I've
seen lizards, fish, dragonflies, beetles, snakes, various birds, deers,
newts, ladybugs, frogs, and beautiful wildflowers.
was surprised to see the pond still fairly full of water. Usually by this
time of the year, the pond is only perhaps 1/4 full. But today, it looked
to be at least 40-50% full. The wildlife to take notice today was the dragonflies.
I only saw perhaps 3 or 4 species, but that's probably because I didn't
look for the others.
the pond, I took the John Nicholas Trail to the Black Rd. trailhead, about
1.4 miles from the pond. On the way there, I saw some patches of baby oak
treelings, but they were all browned out and dead, as if they experienced
sudden death, like pesticides were sprayed and took their lives. I was puzzled
because not far from these browned plants were other ones - green
and healthy. Later on, I read postings at all the trailheads announcing
the presence of "Sudden Oak Death" pathogen in the area and that
hikers should be careful not to help the pathogen by taking care of how
soil from one area to another is carried.
didn't take many photos beyond the Black Rd trailhead as I wanted to see
how quickly I could hike. At the Sunnyvale Mountain picnic area/parking,
I did find a stalk of purple/pink lily-like flowers.
The total elevation change today was ... lowest
= 1350' (Sanborn park car entrance), highest = 2900' (on Skyline Tr, near
Skyline Blvd); change = 1550', pretty mild. Total distance was about 10
mi even. Time took: 3 hr and 29 min. Here are the timestamps:
||Parking - start hike
||Black Rd trailhead
||Black Rd - Skyline Blvd
||Sunnyvale Mountain TH
||Skyline/Sanborn Trails JCT
||Sanborn/San Andreas trls JCT
||Sanborn Tr/Campsites Trailhead
||Parking - hike end (3 hr 29 min)
Hope you enjoyed the trip with me! -Paul