Over 500 miles of trails

Someone said that there are over 500 miles of trails in Marin County. I'm going to hike all of them. Want to hear more? Read on...

Location: Woodacre, California, United States

Well, I hike, obviously. I read, without retaining, lots of stuff but mostly classic and contemporary fiction, history, and science. I look at birds and plants. I play my guitar far less than I ought, and watch movies far more. I like to ask people questions, but only if they ask me questions in return. I aspire to honorable behavior and am mostly successful. I'm on the cusp of a career change, with bird research in my past/present and academic librarianship in my future. Occasionally I bust out and cook six course gourmet meals for my friends; for some reason it's always six and never seven or five. Enough about me. What about you? Stranger or friend, drop me a line!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Pacheco Valle Open Space/Loma Verde Open Space, Saturday, January 28. Victor, Arty, Kelly. 4.7 miles, 1400 foot elevation change. Chicken Shack Fire Road to Ponti Fire Road.

This hike was short but challenging. Chicken Shack Fire Road has some steep climbs for someone hiking on one measly bowl of oatmeal. Victor faired better because he had cereal and a sandwich before setting out. Arty, of course, had no apparent difficulty, and even found love on the trail in the form of a young female boxer mix who was initially shy but quickly warmed to him. Despite his 5 years, however, Arty still hasn't figured out which is the business end.

At the intersection of Chicken Shack and Ponti Fire Road, if you continue straight on Chicken Shack you'll shortly hit Big Rock Ridge Fire Road, which can be taken all the way down to Lucas Valley Road and comes out just east of ol' George Lucas' place. That's not what we did that day, but Victor and I were trying to work out a good way to shuttle it so we could do it one way some time.

As you can see, there was a lot of water around at this time. We encountered a huge mudslide on Ponti Fire Road, which was theoretically closed (maybe? they had caution tape across the trail, which maybe meant "Be cautious!" or maybe meant "Don't go in here!") At any rate, we went down it anyway and skirted around the mudslide easily enough. Here's another picture:

Which doesn't really do it justice, but you get the idea.

That's it!



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