Photos from a March 2001 hike at Mission Peak Regional Preserve
(click on any image for a larger view)
Parking lot
Parking lot
Gate
Gate at trailhead
      Sign
      Hang glider sign
Junction
Junction
Hidden Valley Trail
Hidden Valley Trail
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Cows
Languid cows on the side of the trail; cow temperament seems to get more nasty as you climb
Gate
Approaching cattle gate

The climb
Along a creek
Edging along a creek
     Coast live oak
     Coast live oak
Shortcut visible
Shortcut is visible; the trail climbs less steeply on the right
View
View south
Near the creek again
Edging near the creek again
Young male turkey
Young male turkey
Sagebrush and monkeyflower
Sagebrush and monkeyflower
Poison oak
Poison oak
Hidden Valley Trail
Hidden Valley Trail
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
View up to the peak
View up to the peak
Baby snake
Baby snake
Cow on trail
"What are you lookin' at?"
Another nice view uphill
Another nice view uphill
Rock-dotted hillside
Rock-dotted hillside
More frisky cows trailside
More frisky cows along the trail
Into the rocky valley
Into rocky valley
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
More climbing
More climbing
Looking back down to the valley
Looking back down to the valley
Fiddlenecks
Fiddlenecks
Junction
Junction
Approaching another gate and junction
Approaching another gate and junction
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Peak Trail
Peak Trail
A look back
Looking back
Garbage cans near the final stretch
Garbage cans mark the final stretch to the summit
Peak Trail
Peak Trail
Rocky
Rocky
Heading for the top
Heading for the top
Rocks
Rocks
Last bit
Last bit
     At the top
     At the top
View north
View north
South
View south
West
View west
East
View east
Continuing on Peak Trail
Continuing south on Peak Trail
Another view east
Another view east
View west
View west
Poppy
Poppy
Popcorn flowers
Popcorn flowers
Rocky trail
Rocky trail
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
A look back
A look back
Horse Heaven Trail
Horse Heaven Trail
Descending
Descending
Near a creek, bays and buckeyes thrive
Near a creek, buckeyes and California bays thrive
Junction?
Junction?
Brief ascent
Brief ascent
Approaching gate
Approaching gate
View back uphill
View back uphill
View
If you look carefully, you might see cows precariously perched on the peak's steep face. Crazy!
Trail
Trail is hard to follow
Trail splits
Trail splits; not on map and created by cow traffic. Bear left.
Blue-eyed-grass
Blue-eyed grass
Path
Rutted muddy trail. Damn cows.
Hellhole
This is the muddy hellhole where I got stuck. Luckily I eventually freed myself before the cows got me.
Here again the trail disappears in the grass
Again the trail is hard to follow
I'm not sure it's the trail but at least it's not muddy
I'm not sure it's the trail, but at least it's not muddy.
Here I'm totally off course
Here I'm totally off course, but I no longer care because it's not muddy and I'm still descending.
Back on track again
Back on track, Peak Meadow Trail is visible
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Peak Meadow Trail
Peak Meadow Trail
Descending
Descending
Peak Meadow Trail
Peak Meadow Trail
Olive tree
Olive tree
New maple leaves
New maple leaves
Junction and return
Junction and return to trailhead





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