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Date Sent:      October 22, 2009
Subject:           October Adventures in Hiking
From:               John Bondon
Lots of past hiking reports to catch up on today starting with Andrew's Sunol to Mission Peak hike earlier this month on October 3rd that was actually led by an East Bay Regional Park Naturalist.
    We had 18 hikers today, 10 from EBCH and 8 from EBRP. Great day and the wind was not as bad as predicted. When we got to the Peak, we sat in the shelter of some big rocks and snacked. I will lead this hike again with our group. It's not that difficult. I rate it moderate.
And regarding the October 11th Valle Vista to Redwood hike, Andrew reported:
    We had 15 hikers on a cloudy day. I think everbody liked the stream trail. Hiking through the Redwoods is fun. Thanks to the formal and informal hike leaders. The rain is coming. Be prepared.
Lots of past hiking reports to catch up on today starting with Andrew's Sunol to Mission Peak hike earlier this month on October 3rd that was actually led by an East Bay Regional Park Naturalist.
    We had 18 hikers today, 10 from EBCH and 8 from EBRP. Great day and the wind was not as bad as predicted. When we got to the Peak, we sat in the shelter of some big rocks and snacked. I will lead this hike again with our group. It's not that difficult. I rate it moderate.
And regarding the October 11th Valle Vista to Redwood hike, Andrew reported:
    We had 15 hikers on a cloudy day. I think everbody liked the stream trail. Hiking through the Redwoods is fun. Thanks to the formal and informal hike leaders. The rain is coming. Be prepared.
Meanwhile, Howard says of his October 8th Morgan Territory from Finley Rd hike:
    There were 7 hikers for Thursday's 7-mile trek in Morgan Territory. It was a pleasant Fall day with sunshine and a slight cooling breeze. A very nice hike.
Howard also led the October 15th Brushy Peak hike and in case you were wondering how everyone faired after all that rain, Howard had this to say:
    There were six hikers Thursday morning for our Brushy Peak Loop hike. The weather was clear and sunny after the rain, excellent for hiking. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the rain water had soaked into the ground. Hardly any mud, and most of the trails were completely dry. And the hills should soon begin to turn green
And in case you missed Diane's Castle Rock Loop hike last Sunday the 18th it wasn't the rain but the aftermath of the heavy winds that added to the day's adventures!
    I had 14 hikers (and 2 dogs) on an absolutely gorgeous Fall day! Although we had rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, the trails were not too muddy and the stream crossings were very manageable. Only had to navigate water in 3 places. However, two large trees were down and blocking the trail on the Stage Road trail...so it felt a little like boot camp :-) Most finished this 10 mile hike in about 3 hours, but I had to leave for a brunch in Danville before the last 3 remaining hikers returned. But they were strong (albeit slower) hikers, so I wasn't worried.


Happy Trails,

John




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