Slow in SLO with Jan up Stenner Creek

Slow in SLO with Jan up Stenner Creek

A small but lively group met up for a, “Slow in SLO”, hike with Jan up Stenner Creek on Saturday May 30.  After opening and closing two gates by the ranch house we were on our way up the creek, no paddle needed!  The day was beautiful and warm and clear.  The hike from the parking area is about 1 1/2 miles of gentle uphill.  We walked through golden hills, oak and bay trees, lots of star thistle and the interesting gum flower.  Stenner Creek and most of the other small springs were flowing.  After opening more gates and crossing the railroad tracks we veered left and passed by a lovely, small waterfall.  It’s so nice to hear tumbling water in this time of drought!  Hiker Marv is an old hand at trail work up Stenner Springs.  He was able to educate us about all the new trails for recreational bike riders.  It is very impressive.  The hard work and engineering that has gone into the area will provide much fun and excitement for skilled trail riders.  We decided to go a bit further beyond the Eucs to find the beginning of on older water pipeline that was tunneled under the mountains.  Again, Marv was able to tell us about many of the water pipelines that originate on the other side of the west Cuesta ridge and provide water to the SLO and Morro Bay areas.  Back down the hill at a leisurely pace with more good conversations with a great group of people.              ...