Blue acorns on Mt Umunhum

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Yesterday was rainy, as was today. There was supposed to be a joint REI-Mid-pen trail building event today, but fresh-built trail in the rain is just mud, so it was cancelled. So I had the day to go out for a hike — who would have thought! Parked at the base of Mt Umunhum road, took Woods trail. Rain off and on, but I have adequate clothing, so it wasn’t a problem.

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The picture above illustrates the beauty of Woods trail, one I have never before hiked. Very pleasant forest, mostly bay laurel with some madrone and oak, here and there a douglas fir. Further up we find pine, unusual in the bay area. Today’s wildlife: deer and newts!

This trail has very modest grades for the first two or three miles, after which it reveals its true purpose as an access road for the high-voltage towers.

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We see above that the towers climb the distant ridge; that’s where I’m going. I was impressed by how deep the catenary is, and surprised that one catenary is tensioned different from the other.

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After hiking the full length of Woods trail, shaking hands with the far point of my hike a week ago from the other side, I retraced my steps and turned off on the very steep Barlow trail, which takes me to Bald mountain far above, itself still far below Mt Umunhum with its radar tower.

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I don’t think I have ever seen blue acorns before. I guess they must come from blue oaks?

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View from the Bald mountain trail, back toward Mt Umunhum. New parking area in the midground, not yet open to vehicles, though people can park here in half a dozen roadside spots. Up there is where today’s trail-building volunteer event was supposed to have been.

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The Bald mountain trail goes to an overlook with a nice view of the south and east bay area.

There were no loops in today’s hike: with 9.5 miles of trail to cover, I hiked 19 miles. With upward of 5 000 vertical feet, I was glad it was a cool day.

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