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Date Sent:      July 20, 2007
Subject:           2 hikes for your weekend!
From:               John Bondon
Last Sunday turned out to be a beautiful hike! A seemingly strange starting location that ascends to become quite the scenic overlook spot. 24 hikers showed up to explore this fabulous spot with me. Interestingly, though, after taking a detour onto the new Tina Batt trail and returning back to the spot where we had left off along the Dutra Loop Trail, only 4 of us ventured the rest of the way to return by completing the full Dutra Loop. I guess the down side of carpooling is having to return early when your travel mates have to return early too! The final portion of the Dutra Loop trail turned out to only be about 1.5 miles. Total distance for Sunday's hike, assuming you hiked the full portion of both trails, was 5.79 miles. Total ascent was 546 feet; max elevation was 946 feet.

The entire Tina Batt trail is probably about 2 miles in length and ends back at the same point where it starts, intersecting with the Dutra Loop Trail. Special thanks to the folks at the Muir Heritage Land Trust for their help and support in making last weekend's hike possible.

Tomorrow Helene leads the Mt. Olympia Summit/Bruce Lee Spring Trail Loop hike: "Join us for a trek to Mount Diablo's Mt. Olympia summit. We'll loop up Donner Canyon to Cardinat Oaks Road, Mt. Olympia Trail, Mt. Olympia Road, then the summit. We'll return from the summit back down Mt. Olympia Road and Trail, and Cardinat Oaks, returning via Wasserman Trail to Bruce Lee Spring Trail, which brings us to Donner Canyon about a mile from the Regency Gate. This hike is being co-sponsored by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association.".

Andrew leads his famous Wall Point (Macedo Ranch) hike with Howard and warns: "This is not an easy hike. I call it moderate. 6.1 miles and 1,500' of total elevation gain.".

You'll find more details about each of these upcoming hikes posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website.

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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