Dirt licking ascents

Many of the trails on the upper elevations are wide open grassland.
User: Austin Explorer - 4/12/2015

Location: Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 6.68 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 37 minutes


Penny and I were not expecting too much when hiking at Wildcat Canyon.  We figured it was just an extension of Redwood and Tilden Regional Parks and was probably its poor cousin.

Instead we were treated to breathtaking views of Richmond, San Francisco, SF Bay and San Pablo Bay.  Breathtaking because the views were fantastic and also because some of the highpoints along the trail were steep enough to induce some huffing and puffing on our part.  Some segments were so steep we jokingly referred to them as dirt licking ascents because it felt like you had to lean so far forward that you could practically taste the dirt on the trail.  An exaggeration, but just a way to laugh off the realization that we are not in as good of shape as we should be!

Log Photos
Trail View
Grande Vista
Richmond and beyond
Wildcat Canyon
Ridge Top
San Pablo Bay
San Pablo Reservoir
Havey Canyon
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