Friday, January 12, 2007

Arastradero Preserve - Sun Jan 07

On Sun I called Michael and agreed to go out in the afternoon to Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto (never been there before, although we both had ridden bikes past it on Arastedero Rd).

Left home at 3:30; hit the trail around 4:00.  Crossed the road from the parking and sort of went clockwise around the perimeter trails and fire roads (lots of short interconnecting trails there).   Came back across the road and did the Redtail Loop back to the parking.

Saw lots of interesting birds (Northern Harrier, egret, ducks).  At one intersection we crossed paths with a coyote (I thought we we're going to collide but the coyote jumped off trail to go around us; closest I've ever been to one, maybe.  Some deer  (4 or 5) across the road on the hillside, two right near the trail up top of Redtail Loop.

Finished at 5:30 and enjoyed a GB (Gordon Biersch; our brewski of choice at the moment) in the parking lot (nothing in the rules against it; Michael checked :-).

Hike: ~5 miles, 500' elevation gain
2007 totals: 15 miles, 2,200' elevation gain

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