After a couple of failed attempts elsewhere and mentally crossing most of the places I knew about off my list for one of the reasons noted above, I randomly Yelp!ed for a hike in my neighborhood. The first hit was for a small canyon open space that I was vaguely aware of, having run there many years ago, but that I had forgotten about. The descriptions and reviews were positive, the distance (a 1.5 mile loop) seemed perfect, and so I decided that today was the day to check it out.
After driving for about five minutes, we parked the car and started our well-marked descent into one of the coolest little urban forest/creek canyons that I have been in around here. In the space of 1.5 miles we crossed creeks and multiple wooden bridges (a favorite); saw many varieties of trees, ranging from huge, gnarly oak trees to redwoods, pines, madrones, maples, and everything in between; hiked up and down some fairly steep terrain; spotted birds, deer, butterflies, and squirrels galore; enjoyed sweeping views of the bay and planes landing at SFO; rock climbed in the "echanted castle" rock outcropping; peed in the bushes; and otherwise had a great afternoon adventure.
|Climbing the Castle|
|Queen of the Mountain|
|Next Time I'll Bring the Ergo|
|Creek Crossing / Rock Throwing Pit Stop|
Your "backyard" can be an amazing place...
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