Reservoir Canyon with Christie

Seven enthusiastic souls met me at the trailhead of Reservoir Canyon Road Saturday morning and signed in for our hike to the top.  The weather was perfect, cool and sunny.  After a brief history talk at the bottom we cruised along the creek with a female lab on her leash, leading the way. The perennial creek trickles throughout the year.  After we reached the creek crossing three beginning hikers headed back and the rest of us traveled the steep climb (about a mile and a half) straight up the ridge.  On the way up lavender godetia still bloomed on the upper bank and further up the ridge, mariposa lilies and obispo mariposa were abundant.​ This is a steep, rocky climb and all hikers should wear proper hiking shoes, with textured soles to protect from slipping on the way down.  As long as you travel slowly and place your feet carefully, this 6 plus mile hike is a challenging climb to add to your bucket list for 2015! Christie...

Irish Hills – Froom Creek via the King and Canyon trails

Another gorgeous winter day in SLO county!  Just perfect for a hike in the Irish Hills.  Our group meet at 10:00 at the Madonna Rd. trailhead that leads up into the Irish Hills.  Eight hikers and one very energetic little dog joined the hike.  Many in our group found the hike on Meetup.  One of our hikers has been working on Irish Hills trails since the beginning.  Another hiker goes hiking all the time and knows about many terrific trails.  Some where learning about what our city has to offer and came from near and faraway.  An interesting, diverse, and friendly group of people. At the trailhead we went left so we could connect with the King Trail. We wound our way up through the green hills and past oak trees.  We took the Canyon Trail to Froom Creek trail.  We went down the trail that used to be a dirt road. This scrub/chaparral/serpentine zone was in full bloom with Buckbrush(Ceanothus cuneatus) making a beautiful and fragrant display.  At the top of the hike it was possible to hear the water in the creek and occasionally see it as well.  We ended our hike going back through the green hills, oak trees and over several dry creek...

South Hills in January

South Hills is now covered with a thin layer of green and the beginning of a lovely pageant of wild flowers.  The four of us started our hike at 9:15 am from the trailhead on Woodbridge Drive. We first climbed to the top of Cheapskate Hill, and then down the northside and around the south end back through the draw to our starting point. Two miles pasted quickly and we shared hiking stories along the way. There was a lot of bird activity and the weather was a sunny 65 degrees with very little wind.  Along the way we pointed out many wild flowers, including a treasured Chocolate Lily.  Buttercups, poppies, lupine, bright yellow redwood violets, vetch, and Morro milk pods were abundant along the trial.  The Serpentine rock base of the mountain reflected in the bright sun. Looking forward to more hikes and spring like weather although it’s only the end of January!  ...