Russian Ridge Hike

By Carol at 6:01 am on Friday, February 29, 2008

The hiking group took the winding road up to Skyline Boulevard and across to Russian Ridge, famous for its spring wildflower displays, scenic ponds, and steep trails.

Larry took these photos, with his cell phone, on his walk with the “fast group”.

Russian Ridge

The view from Russian Ridge.

banana slug

Banana slugs are commonly seen along shady trails in these coastal mountains.

valley view

A valley view.

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Montebello Open Space

By Carol at 6:52 am on Friday, February 15, 2008

beginning of the trail

Here is the beginning of the trail we took today at Montebello Open Space.

venerable oak

An oak tree along the way is silhouetted against clear skies.

lunch spot

Our lunch stop overlooks a valley and slopes covered by stands of Douglas fir and redwood trees.

Hoover tower in the distance

Through the trees we catch a glimpse of Hoover Tower, on the Stanford University Campus.

a buckeye tree

This native buckeye tree is full of buds ready to open.

SF in the distance

At another bend in the trail we can see San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, and Mt. Tamalpais clearly, to the north.

single oak

What a great day for a hike – the winds made the visibility almost perfect.

first wildflowers

The first wildflowers of the season.

To learn more about this open space treasure go to:

http://www.baynature.com/2003octdec/ott_2003octdec.html

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