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A Hike in Sycamore Valley
Today, May 3rd, the Newcomer Friday Hikers helped me celebrate 10 years of hiking with the San Ramon Valley Newcomers Friday hikers. To start off Fran lead us up through the lovely, golden Sycamore Valley Open Space. It was a double loop that was finished quickly because of the heat and also the prospect of a picnic waiting at the end of the hike. On the hike we saw two motorized paragliders (does anyone know their real name?) that dipped down close to the ground when they saw us. We also saw several woodpeckers on a dead tree. There weren’t hardly any wildflowers as the hills as drying out quickly but several canyons still showed shades of green.
Although many of the hikers have come and gone there are a few that have been there since almost the first hike in May of 2003. They are Aleta, Barbara Jackson, Bobbi, Lois, Rose, and Shirley. Joining us later and also at the picnic were Fran, Charlene, Jeanne, Muff, Barbara Johnson, Linda, Jackie and Shelia. Thank you to all who helped in many ways, big and small. A special thank you to Muff for the delicious cupcakes and Aleta for the coffee and fresh, homemade lemonade. Afterward we were all given fresh lemons to take home from her garden. A big Thank you again to Charlene who drives us around without compensation each week. Also Fran and I would like to thank Aleta for the colorful belts she made us in appreciation for leading the hikes. Truly it is our pleasure!
I figure I have hiked approximately 2000 miles over the last 10 years with the San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club and not a Friday goes by when I’m not excited to be on the trails with each and every one of you. The group is made up of a wonderful group of dynamic women who I am happy to call my friends. Happy Trails to you all and here’s to another 10! Sharon Kovar
Beautiful day at Sibley. Fran led us on the final section of the east portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail from Redwood Park to Kennedy Grove. I especially enjoyed the big frogs we saw in the ponds. According to my GPS we hiked 4.41 miles in 2 hr. 14 minutes with an elevation ascent of 995 ft.
Hiking near Rock City
Today we hiked on Wall Point Road starting near Rock City. We hiked out past Secret trail a little past the point that we had reached a couple of weeks ago when we hiked out from Emmons Road. We hiked about 4 1/2 miles today in 2 hours. We also hiked a little on the Trail Through Time, a preview of an upcoming hike. Today’s hikers were Linda, Claudia, Bobbi, Shirley, guest Debbie, Muff, Pat, Barbara, Rose, Charlene, Jeanne, Barbara and Sharon. Thank you to our drivers Charlene, Pat and Bobbi. Also, thank you Bobbi and Claudia for providing goodies to celebrate Pat’s and Roses birthday afterwards at Bagel Street Cafe.
Inspiration Point to Kennedy Grove : After our hike today we were joined by past Friday Hiker members Jacky Hawley and Cecilia Mason for lunch at the Bagel Street Cafe. Good to catch up with everyone as Jacky officially says goodbye to the Bay Area.
Hike Up Emmons Canyon to Wall Point Road
It was a lovely hike up Emmons Canyon to Wall Point Rd. The elevation was steady and we climbed a little over 1000 ft gain in a little over 2 miles and then hiked back on the same trail for a total of somewhere between 4.1 and5.1 miles depending on whose GPS you believed. Mine didn’t record the whole trip so I am putting it at 4.5 miles.
The wildflowers are coming out. We saw blue dick, fremont start lily, Indian Warrior, Indian Paintbrush, Buttercups, Shooting Stars, Sticky Monkey Flower, owls clover, and Manzanitta, a few which are featured below.
We hiked for a little over 2 hours. Hikers today were guest Debbie, Barbara Johnson, Charlene, Carol, Shelia, Pat, Linda, Jeanne, Muff, Judie (welcome back), Claudia, and Sharon.
Hiking Bay Area Ridge Trail to Volmer Peak
Lovely hike to Volmer Peak. Great view and lots of wildflowers. The blue was at home greeting Linda and I as we arrived home.
- View of San Francisco on Bay Area Ridge Trail on way to Volmer Peak
- Mt. Tam and Richmond San Rafael Bridge
- Mules Ears
- Burned area amnd one of many hills. Almost 1000 ft elevation on this 7.1 mile hike
Thank you Sharon for asking me to lead this Friday’s hike. It was a sunny, cool, almost clear day (great for a
hike). We started at Inspiration Point and followed the Bay Area Ridge Trail towards Wildcat Canyon Regional
Park. We hiked about 2 3/4 hours for a total of about 6 miles.
We headed for Bagel Street Cafe for some nourishment.
Hiking Coyote Hills
On Friday, Feb 15th we hiked at Coyote Hills in Fremont.
The weather was in the lows 70’s….a perfect WINTER day. We heard and saw a lot of birds.Teresa identified a yellow warbler which many of us hadn’t seen before. We also spotted an owl and a red fox. Linda got of photo of him which she may forward to you. We had a big group today–14 people. We hiked 4.25 miles with 220 ft elevation change climbing up Red Hill. The views on top of red hill were lovely with the bright yellow mustard fields blooming in the distance.
Thank you to our drivers Charlene, Pat, and Barbara.
Sunol Hike for Newcomers
Today we hiked the Indian Joe-Hayfield Loop at Sunol. We hiked at total of 3.85 miles in about 2 hours. The elevation data didn’t get recorded but the group says it wasn’t a moderately easy hike. We did hike continuously up for the 1 1/2 miles and then leveled off on Cave Rocks Road. There at the frog pond we saw a lot of California Newts and one large turtle. The trails were a little muddy but not to bad after yesterday’s rain.
Today’s hikers were Shelia, Jackie, Barbara, Teresa, Pat, Muff, Rose, Bobbi, Claudia, Jeanne, Linda and Sharon. I burned almost 1200 calories which tells you that we were getting in some good hills. Group photo was taken at Cave Rocks.
Happy Trails, Sharon Kovar
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Great hike on Friday! We had some spectacular views. long hike, but cool weather for it. - Fran