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Date Sent:      June 02, 2005
Subject:           Castle Rock Loop Hike - Sunday
From:               John Bondon
Special thanks to Evan, Tina, and Brian for leading some great hikes this past holiday weekend! I'm sorry I missed them!

Reports from the Field

Evan reports of the Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat Hike he and wife, Tina lead on Saturday:

Paul pointed out many different plants and flowers and Lydia spotted a red-tailed hawk and a blue butterfly with unique orange patterns. We all enjoyed the wildflowers which were spectacular. The hike went very well and we all had a good time!

Regarding Brian's Chaparral Loop Hike:

We visited caves, a museum which was open, mines, rock formations, a few spectacular views, tons of butterflies and perfect weather all in about 2 hours. 5 of us continued an extra 40 minutes to visit the cemetery, finishing about 11:45am just as it was getting hot...perfect!

Brian intends to lead another hike there again in the future, as there are many more great trails to be explored! Plus, stay tuned for upcoming details of his most anticipated "Fearless Four Peaks Hike". ;~>

Upcoming Hike - Castle Rock Loop

This weekend, join me for a loop hike at Castle Rock in Walnut Creek. I expect it should take about 3 hours to complete. There will be some shady spots, particularly towards the end, but most of it will be in the sun, so bring lots of water! We may also be crossing a few creeks, if there's any water left, so be prepared for a little mud at times (wear old shoes!), though I doubt there will be much water left.

Overall I would label this a "moderate to mild" hike. There will be some hills to climb, but nothing too tough that I recall. (Of course those who know me well know not to trust my memory!)

You'll find more details about this upcoming hike posted on the East Bay Casual Hiking website.

Hope to see you Sunday! :)

Happy Trails,


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