Photos from a January 2002 hike at Loma Alta Open Space Preserve
(click on any image for a larger view)

Trailhead
Gate
Gate
Glen Fire Road
Glen Fire Road
Approaching junction
Approaching a junction
Easy climb
Easy climb under California bays
Heading uphill
Heading uphill
Ascending into grassland
Ascending into grassland
View
View
Coast live oak
Coast live oak
Approaching the water tanks and two junctions
Approaching water tanks and two junctions
Stay to the left
Stay to the left, skirting the tank
Gate
Gate
View south
View south
Junction
Junction
Smith Fire Road
Smith Fire Road
View
View southwest
Coast live oak
A giant coast live oak
Grassland and trees
Although grassland covers most of the hillsides, trees thrive along seasonal creeks
     California bay
     California bay
View
View east
Junction
Junction
Descending
Descending
View
View down to Old Railroad Grade
Curve
Trail curves right
Descending
Descending
Gate
Gate
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade
     Milkmaids
     Milkmaids
Junction
Junction and descent
     Waterfall
     Waterfall
Madrone arches over trail
A pretty madrone creates an arch over the trail
Woods
The trail sharply falls, then climbs back out of a wooded section
Ferns
Maidenhair ferns
Madrones along trail
More madrones grace the sides of the trail
Muddy
This area gets very muddy in the rainy months
Junction
Junction
Junction
Junction
Old Railroad Grade
Old Railroad Grade
Back in the woods
Back in the woods
Approaching bridge
Approaching bridge
Fence and junction
Fence and junction
     Unintended shortcut
     Unintended shortcut
Junction
Junction
Returning
Returning on Glen Fire Road, this is where you should rejoin the trail
 




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