18th Anniversary Hike Repeats Inaugural Route of Bill & Dave Hikes (2000)
This hike climbs 1500 feet and covers 7 miles to Bald Mountain and the ridge line, with stunning views of both valleys, the entire Bay Area, and as far away as the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bronze plaques at the summit provide visitors with detailed information about the views. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a lunch.
The Bald Mountain, Vista, Headwaters, Gray Pine, Red Mountain, and Meadows trails on this hike encompass a wide variety of terrain and scenery. The two distinct ecological systems are chaparral-covered ridges, and oak/fir forestland along the open meadows. Trees include big-leaf maple, madrone, California laurel, gray pine, Douglas-fir, alder, California buckeye, and several varieties of live and deciduous oaks. The chaparral community includes manzanita, chamise, California lilac, coyote bush, toyon, and winebush. This time of year, the park is alive with wildflowers including California poppies, lupine, buttercups, shooting stars, trillium and Indian warrior.
The hike will end in a celebration at Sugarloaf’s picnic area across from the main parking lot.
For more info: http://billanddavehikes.com/