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Local Fixes

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:07 pm

What local county or state park/preserve do you use for a quick wilderness or
workout fix? Not all of us are lucky like Markskor, John Dittli, and a few others
who have the Sierra as their backyard.
Coyote Hills Regional Park and Mission Peak Regional Preserve are both about
12-15 min's away and both get a lot of usage.
When living in San Carlos it was mostly Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve with its
great wildflower displays, and the Crystal Springs Trail up into Huddart County
Park, wish we were still living there.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby Baffman » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:09 pm

Living near Reno, I usually head to the Mount Rose Wilderness or Desolation Wilderness for getting into shape. The Jones Whites Loop is close and has it all. Ophir Creek is another favorite. Growing up in Independence I would cruise up to Kearsarge Pass or up towards Baxter Pass.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby TehipiteTom » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:49 pm

Mt. Tam, the Marin Headlands, and Montara Mountain are all within about a half hour of me and all have serious hiking potential. I like Edgewood as well, and Ring Mountain up in Tiburon, but more for wildflowers than for real hiking.

A little further afield, there's real marathon hiking (plus backpacking) potential up at Point Reyes or down at Coe.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby dave54 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

Out my door and to the end of the block.

Not a designated wilderness, it is private commercial forest with gated roads. The restricted access means it gets less use than most designated wilderness. I am friends with the local manager and he does not care if I hike or mountain bike on the land. I won't see another person all day.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby sparky » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:35 pm

The Colorado front range will be my new backyard haunt.

But I used to live 45 minutes from the trailheads of the san jacinto wilderness. I also hiked a lot in the Santa Ana mountains or Anza Borego, and I have a few small secret areas around the surrounding cities of riverside county. San Jacinto is the perfect training ground for the sierra though as the trails are steep and high and melts out 2-6 weeks before the sierra.

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Re: Local Fixes

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:16 pm

The San Geronimo Valley is surrounded by 1,400 foot ridges with Samuel P. Taylor State Park to the west. All the ridge lands are now part of Marin County Parks (the last private section above our home in San Geronimo was purchased last year through a combination of public funds and donations by us locals). The adjoining land to the south is part of the Marin Watershed that extends to Mt. Tamalpais. So my wife and I walk out the front door and within twenty minutes are on a fire road heading up to a ridge. Most of the time, we don't see anyone else. So except for the fireroad itself, it feels like wilderness with beautiful forest, solitude, quiet, and views that extend for miles. From certain viewpoints on the ridges we can see San Francisco Bay, Oakland, and San Francisco with Mt. Diablo and Mt. St. Helena in the distance. We see lots of birds, the occasional rabbit, and sometimes skunks, bobcats, foxes, and coyote (actually, we had one of those a few feet from our house last week--we warned our neighbors with cats). Then for an alternative, we can drive twenty minutes and be in Point Reyes National Seashore with its designated wilderness, miles and miles of trails, beaches, and backpacking.

We feel very fortunate to live where we do.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby gary c. » Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:57 am

I just did a 4 day, 20ml trip into the Sespe Wilderness this past weekend. My first time into the area but we had a great time. I don't think I would want to hike there in the summer though.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:34 am

gary c. wrote:I just did a 4 day, 20ml trip into the Sespe Wilderness this past weekend. My first time into the area but we had a great time. I don't think I would want to hike there in the summer though.

I love the sespe! Willet is cool but the devils gate is unreal, rarely explored. In the summer we would hike from 5 pm till tired and relax, swim, fish durring the day. A great 3-4 day through hike lions camp to squaw flat. I say 4 days because I like to spend a day at the hot springs.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby oldranger » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:05 am

Pilot Butte (2 mi rt with 500 ft vertical) I do this 4x week with 33 lb pack. 3 minutes from my house (10 by bike).

Badlands wilderness (16 miles from house 2.5 to 10 mile trips)

Three Sisters Wilderness (30 min to 2 hour drive) 2 to ???? miles and 200 to 5,000 of vertical possible.

Smith Rock State Park (50min drive) 2-6 miles 5-600ft vertical.

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Postby Hobbes » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:05 am

I'm planning on taking my 14 yo son up to Whitney this summer. While we're just starting some initial training, this past weekend we had a chance to do a quick 8.1 miler (most of the Blue route) @ Crystal Cove SP with our day packs:

http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-c ... state-park

As was my goal last summer when we had 3 hours to get up & back to Bishop pass from S Lake, I've been testing his physical abilities in order to judge what kind of trip to plan for Whitney. Last year, we made it 9 miles up/back (about a mile below the Bishop pass) with day packs, for an avg speed of 3 mph.

Even though the total elevation gain @ CC is only 800', it's still pretty steep in some parts. Once you reach the crest, it provides beautiful vistas of the entire coast. We jogged a bit along the top ridge, and then upon our descent, we ended up jogging around 1.5 miles near the end.

I've been wondering when he was going to start passing me by, and now I have my answer. I was about to stop jogging and let him continue, when I rounded a bend and saw him waiting for me. LOL. Anyway, we made pretty good time @ 2h20m, for an avg speed of around 3.5mph.

So now my conundrum is that while I know he can do 9-10 mile days, he might be bored if we pull in too early. However, if I plan longer days, then it might appear to be nothing more than a death march. For this year, we'll do the standard Cottonwood lakes for a late afternoon start, head over NAP to Rock creek D2, Guitar D3 and then summit/Portal D4.

It will be interesting to see how he likes it. I've now got a rabbit to try and catch.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby copeg » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:23 am

Lots of local places I visit on a regular basis: Arastradero, Windy Hill, Foothills park, Edgewood...almost all of the Mid-peninsula open space preservers are fair game. A bit further Portola Redwoods is possibly one of my favorites in early Spring.
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Re: Local Fixes

Postby overheadx2 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:39 pm

The Whitney of the south land, Baldy. Crowded and ugly, but at 10,400 you get elevation and a pretty tough climb 40 minutes from home. Also it has a restaurant so you have a cold beer and a sandwich and take the ski lift part of the way down so my knees don't get beat up to much prior to the season. I hike Bertha peak in Big Bear a lot as well as San Gorgonio when I have a chance to head up there for the weekend. There are also some slightly lower peaks next to Baldy that incredibly have almost no traffic. In the winter I either hike or mountain bike (knees again) crystal cove on Sundays with the wife. Phil
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