Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Castle Rock Trail


 Yesterdays hike was the second time this week that I have hiked along the Castle Rock trail... My wife enjoyed the pictures so much from Wednesdays hike that she wanted me to take her out there to see these sights...
This trail is one of the most rocky environment trails in all the Diablo foothills... There are beautiful rock formations towering overhead filled with holes and crags and caves...Below are the beautiful seasonal waters of the very hidden and moss covered Pine Creek ...
Which flows full and winds like a snake through the valley floor crossing  the trail a few times along the way...
. . The trail eventually takes you to a state park trail gate ...This is the entrance to Mt Diablo...
We went ahead through the gate and on into the park about a mile and then turned back as we have a curfew with our childcare provider (Gramma)... Although , we were really enjoying the scenery on this trail... It seemed to get more and more interesting the deeper into it we went...
The rocks were endless as we traveled along the trail...
They seemed to be growing  off of each other stretching all the way down from the mountain...

It is no wonder that this trail has the nickname of the " Little YosemiteTrail "...
 Another of the things that I love about the trail this time of year  is the rejuvenation that takes place right before your very eyes ...
 I found this seed  metaphorically sitting next to this cut tree so I planted it down by the water...
Our wild life experience on this hike however can only be described as Fowl ...
We saw  Big Wild Turkeys and Mallard ducks as well as a Peregrine Falcon on the cliffs ..
. As I wrote in the previous post entitled "Riding with the Ranger"  we were headed back and only a few hundred feet inside the East Bay Park side of the gate when the nice Ranger that we had seen on the trail earlier came cruising by in his 4x4 Polaris cart and offered us a ride which we were pretty happy about since we had just put on our plastic ponchos and it was starting to rain pretty heavily ...
It was an extremely blustery day yesterday ...Throughout the entire hike it was very very windy and cool and the trees were roaring loudly and swirling about the entire time but there was no rain until we headed back ... However when it finally did start it was already geared up for it and it let go of some big ole rain... Special thanks to the East Bay Parks Ranger for the timely rescue !

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