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Date Sent:      May 09, 2008
Subject:           Diablo's the Word
From:               John Bondon
Andrew files this report about last Sunday's 3 Peaks hike:
    " We started as 2 groups with 19 hikers. We later split into 3 groups. One of the hikers became ill halfway up the Diablo Summit. Evan escorted her back to her car. Even though I was only 100 yards from the North Peak summit, I could not do it because I had no traction (wrong shoes). Howard gave me one of his hiking poles and I was able to descend the trail. The only other way was sliding on my butt. 8 of us did all 3 Peaks. There was a leader in every group. These were the highlights to me. We watch out for each other and assist when needed. We stay together. And we snacked afterwards. "
You can view some of the pictures taken by members Mars and Judith from the hike available here: http://hiking.bondon.com/pictures/?Path=3Peaks/

A Preview of our upcoming hikes, by the hike leader(s):

Evan says of the upcoming Deer Flat from Mitchell Canyon (Mt. Diablo SP) hike on Sunday, May 11 at 11:00 AM: "The wildflowers are in full bloom and the weather is great. So come out to beautiful Mitchell Canyon in Mt. Diablo and enjoy them before they're gone. After hiking up to Deer Flat, we'll take a short half mile walk to look at the flowers. Then we'll take a break at the picnic benches and enjoy views of Eagle Peak and the canyon below. Bring at least 1 liter of water, sweater, hat, sun block, and snack. Plan on spending about 4 hours. Dogs are NOT permitted on Mt. Diablo State Park trails. ".

Diane says of the upcoming Briones Reservoir Loop hike on Sunday, May 18 at 9:00 AM: "This is a counter clockwise loop around the beautiful Briones Reservoir starting out on the Bear Creek trail which is a single track trail (no dogs permitted). Once we get through the gate at the Bear Creek Staging area, we will be on the Oursan Trail which is dog friendly. It is important that you know your ability and limitations. If you are unsure whether or not you can do this hike, you probably should not attempt it. When we've done this hike in the past, inexperienced hikers have not been happy campers and I encourage these hikers to do shorter hikes. I am a fast hiker and I cannot guarantee that anyone else will be co-leading from the back. While we are mostly looping around the reservoir which will be to our left, there are times when this is not the case and hikers must be able to read and navigate trail markers. ".

John says of the upcoming Iron Horse Trail - Pleasant Hill BART to Whole Foods (paved) hike on Sunday, May 18 at 10:10 AM: "This week marks the 10 year Anniversity of the opening of the Iron Horse Trail Overcrossing across Ygnacio Valley Road. Join us for a walk across it and hear of plans for a similar crossing over Treat Blvd in the coming years.".

John says of the upcoming Mission Peak Regional Preserve hike on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 PM: "My favorite evening hiking spot. We'll hike to the top, enjoy the sunset, then head back down! Only 3 miles each way, but very steep, so expect to get your heart pounding and your lungs complaining! This hike is dog friendly. ".

You'll find more details about each of these upcoming hikes, including starting time and directions to the trailhead, posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website. In the event of rain, please check with the hike leader as to whether the hike will proceed as planned.

Happy Trails! :)

Happy Trails,

John




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