Photos from a November 2001 hike at Barbier Park and China Camp
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End of Beechwood
End of Beechwood Court
Start of the trail
Start of the trail
Downed trees block the trail
Downed trees block the trail, which is initially steep
Climbing
Trail conditions improve as you ascend
Broom chokes the trail
Brooms chokes the trail
     Fennel
     Fennel
Junction
Trail ends at a junction with Bay Hills Fire Road, and views unfold to the south
Bay Hills Fire Road
Bay Hills Fire Road
Pink rocks on the side of the fire road
Pink rocks on the side of the fire road
A look back downhill
A look back downhill
A buckeye on the side of the fire road
A buckeye on the side of the fire road
Still in grassland, the fire road continues to climb
Still in grassland, the fire road continues to climb
Coast live oaks
Coast live oaks
Short flat stretch
Short flat stretch, and the start of the woods
Tree on trail
The fire road obviously doesn't get a lot of traffic or maintenance, and fallen trees are likely encountered
     Car door in a tree
     Car door in a tree
Steep
Steep
     The fire road meets a power line
     Power line
Junction
Junction; stay right
Manzanita
Manzanita
Split
Trail splits, but rejoins at the top of the next hill
Split
Another split; stay to the right for a more gentle climb
Flat area
Odd flat and cleared area
Approaching junction
Approaching junction with Gold Hill Grade
Pavement
Pavement near the radio tower
Toyon
Toyon
Fire road rolls slightly up and down
Fire road rolls slightly up and down
Split
Stay to the right as a dirt service road heads left
Crest
Crest
Steep downhill
Steep downhill
     Cone in a tree
     Cone in a tree
Junction
Junction
Ridge Trail heads east
Ridge Trail heads east
Bay Hills Fire Road
Bay Hills Fire Road continues toward San Pedro Mountain Open Space Preserve
Closed trail
An ominous sign marks a closed trail that descends back to San Rafael
Ascent
Ascent
Bay Hills Fire Road
Bay Hills Fire Road
View south
Looking south, Mount Tam must be behind those clouds somewhere
Nike site
Nike site
View north
View north
Returning to the trailhead
Returning to the trailhead on the neighborhood trail
Downed trees
Last stretch back to the trailhead





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