Photos from a February 2002 hike at King Mountain Open Space Preserve
(click on any image for a larger view)
Trailhead
Trailhead
Unmarked fire road
Unmarked fire road
Ascending
Ascending through the edge of a residential neighborhood
Gate
Gate marks the beginning of open space lands
View uphill
View uphill to King Mountain
Citron Fire Road
Citron Fire Road
Words fail
Words fail
Acacia
Acacia in bloom
Trail curves left
Trail curves left
Steep stretch
Steep stretch
Corner
Corner
Lots of poison oak on the sides
Lots of poison oak on the sides of the trail
Junction
Junction; bear left
Junction, gate, and corner
Junction, gate, and corner
Another steep bit
Another steep bit
View
View to Mount Tam
Madrone
Madrone
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Junction
Junction
King Mountain Loop Trail
King Mountain Loop Trail, left
     Coast live oak
     Coast live oak
Grassy
Brief stretch of grassland
View east
View east
Woods
Back into the woods
Ferns
Ferns
King Mountain Loop Trail
In winter, look for tiny waterfalls on the right
King Mountain Loop Trail
King Mountain Loop Trail
Open area
At grassy open areas like this, there are views of Mount Tam and Blithedale Ridge
View
View
     Broom
     Broom
Mixed woodland
Pretty mixed woodland
View
Another nice view of Mount Tam
Seasonal waterfall
Since it had rained the day before, seasonal waterfalls like this one were flowing
Shaded
There are lots of ferns in the shade of coast live oaks
Fungus
Fungus
Hazelnut
Hazelnut shrub
Junction
Junction with an access trail from Wilson Way
     Zigadene
     Zigadene
King Mountain Loop Trail
King Mountain Loop Trail
Hound's tongue
Hound's tongue
     Hound's tongue
     Hound's tongue
Junction
Junction with Ladybug Trail
Huckleberry
Huckleberry
     Milkmaids
     Milkmaids
King Mountain Loop Trail
King Mountain Loop Trail
View
View
Eroded
Steep eroded stretch
Coffeeberry
California coffeeberry
Junction
Approaching junction with Ridgecrest Road
Manzanita
Manzanita
Trail weaves uphill
The trail weaves uphill, past the entrance to an estate, then bends left
Heading back into the woods
Heading back into the woods
Manzanita
Manzanita
Steps
Steps downhill
Redwood canyon
Descending into a redwood canyon
Switchback
Switchback
Tanoak
Tanoak
Bridge
Bridge
Bench
Bench
Nutmeg
Nutmeg
King Mountain Loop Trail
King Mountain Loop Trail
Junction
Junction
View north
View north on the return





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