Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015

Favorite hikes:

Hazelnut Trail at San Pedro Valley Park
  • Hazelnut Loop, San Pedro Valley County Park, July 30, 2015. Even in a drought year, the coastal scrub of Montara Mountain was green and leafy.
  • Hidden Villa, May 25, 2015. So many flowers, sweeping views, and about a billion lizards.
Hostel Trail at Hidden Villa
  • Edgewood Park and Preserve, May 19, 2015. Although the wildflower display wasn't as dense as "normal," I delighted in the many flowers, including huge mariposa lilies.
Mariposa lily at Edgewood Park and Preserve
  • Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, February 25, 2015. That perfect day when the sun was shining, the grass was emerald green, and all was right with the world.
  • Bon Tempe Loop, Mount Tamalpais, March 18, 2015 (a variation of the description on BAHiker). Mount Tam magic -- wildflowers, wonderful views, and always, surprises (this time it was newts).

Best new (to me) trails/hikes:

Ridge Trail, San Bruno Mountain
  • North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park -- love at first step.
  • Unnamed Trail Center-built path at Sugarloaf Open Space -- what a difference a proper trail makes!
  • El Corte de Madera Creek's Oljon Trail -- everything I want from a woodland trail.
  • Ridge Trail, San Bruno Mountain. I hiked this out and back route (not yet on BAHiker) many times this past year, as my new regular exercise destination. Shocked to learn that the ridge hosts the best wildflower displays on the mountain.


Most improved:



Boardwalk at Tomales Bay State Park

Resolution for 2016:

Hike more! Life threw me some big curve balls this year and I wasn't able to hike as much as I would have liked. I also spend a good hunk of time updating BAHiker (and it's almost done!). Next year I hope to visit loads of new places and add them to BAHiker.


2 comments:

kvn said...

Thank you, Jane! BAHiker is my go-to :)

Ben Pease said...

The Ridge Trail on San Bruno Mountain does have some spectacular flowers, and anthills. It is probably worth noting the ridgetop used to be bulldozed on a regular basis as a fire break; the landscape and soil isn't quite its normal self for 10-20 feet to either side. Get past the scraped earth to the original ridgetop and it's like someone flipped a switch; much more diverse and textured habitat. Meander a bit. That on top of the diversity you get from west (foggy coastal scrub) to east (sunnier grasslands).