I did have a very nice hike, though. For some reason I've been lingering in posting that hike. Now when I look at the photos I took exactly a year ago, I feel sad. This year there's a bad drought here. The creek is but a trickle and the hills are parched dry.
Still, I would recommend going there, even now. Sunol Regional Wilderness is beautiful any year. This year, however, you'll get to hike in summer's scenery at winter temperatures.
|Flag Hill, Valley and Hayfield Rds Loop. Map downloaded from the EBRPD site. My hike is labeled yellow.|
|Alameda Creek flowing|
|The lines of trees mark the creek valleys, forming a riparian habitat.|
|See that bare rock in the background? That's where I'm headed. Flag Hill.|
|Maguire Peaks, a view from Flag Hill.|
|I spy with my camera eye ...|
|Riparian habitat in the hills|
The trail goes right by High Valley campground, then it meets Hayfield Road and goes down.
I was a bit surprised to see this rather large thicket of prickly pear there. I should remember to go there late next summer with an empty can and a knife on sticks :-)
|Reflection in a calm section of Alameda Creek|
Do click on the photos for a larger and crisper view.