Place: Briones Regional Park, Martinez, California
Trailhead coordinates: 37.95643, -122.12366
Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
|Map downloaded from the EBRPD site. I labeled the trail yellow.|
My drive to Briones was through thick fog but in the park itself it was sunny and clear. The Alhambra Creek was running and I caught the sun in the stream:
|The sun taking a bath in the Alhambra Creek|
The forest undergrowth was very green and lush. Moss covered every rock and tree. New ferns were sprouting on beds of humus.
|Ferns in Alhambra Creek|
|Mount Diablo, just visible above the fog.|
|The western slopes of Mount Diablo|
On my second hike of this trail I managed to catch the sun once more as it peeped between tree branches. By then it warmed up quite a bit and all signs of frost were gone.
Papa Quail, who joined our group managed to catch this Northern Harrier on Camera as it swooped by.