Took off from work early on this Friday (I don't remember why; mostly fed up with crap going on there, probably :-).
I decided to head up to Fremont Older with Raleigh. I don't usually get out on weekdays. The first problem was that they were working on the railroad crossing at Prospect Rd. I had to find the detour through the Seven Springs subdivision. That wasted precious moments before sunset.
Then, the parking lot was still crowded. Bad enough to find it that way on a weekday. But with the main road blocked? Sheesh.
We did get a spot and headed up the road. Took the creekside trail cutoff, as usual, then got to the fire road through the grassy hillsides. Poppies everywhere. It was sunny and warm. The grass was green. Raleigh had a great time eating it.
It was already getting late so we just went up to the Hayfield Tr turned left, went a ways, then cut back down to the fire road leading back to the Creekside Tr. Saw a few deer on the hillside above the trail where they usually assemble. Nothing else of note.
But a nice outing to close out the work week.
Hike totals: 2 mi, 200' elevation gain
2007 totals: 91 miles, 22200' elevation gain