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christopher575
Friday was just going to be a repeat of that walk I've been doing at the gulch. Up via the tracks, hang a left and follow that access road, and turn around. But I got a nice early start because it's getting light so early, and as I passed by the Southernmost entrance to the Eastern section, I was just too bummed by the idea of walking past it again. So I didn't. Heading into the Eastern trails, I figured it wouldn't be too muddy, and if it was, I could always turn back.



I'm so glad I went that way! I had a great time. The trails on that side are, for the most part, really fun.

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Not sure I've ever had such a clear view of this building.

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There's an area where a trail dead-ends at spot where mountain bikers have made hills for jumps. Friday was the first time in a while to have a look and I swear they've expanded it by a lot. I only remembered a couple of different little hills going in one direction, and a couple more going in another, but now it has ten or more one way and six or so the other, and they're even connected by a crazy path that goes down and back up the huge hill they're on top of. Quite an ambitious expansion. These cleverly-stored buckets and shovels support my theory that the changes are recent and ongoing.

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My shot that I always get of the Western side from the Eastern side.

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And generally just nice scenery everywhere I looked.

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Unfortunately, there was eventually a spot where my only options were lots of mud, even more mud, or turn back. I chose "lots of mud" at the first spot where you can leave the trail and enter the loop around the baseball fields, and thanks to some trees I could hug, only got a little wet. I only used that path to get to the second spot between it and the trails and immediately got back on them. One good thing is that when it's muddy in some parts, other parts that are really slippery due to sand are easier than normal to walk down, so I finished via the Northermost trail, which I typically avoid.

Yesterday's awesome walk, 4.25 miles in 1:50, 9,133 steps, 459ft gain
4.25 miles in 1:50, 9,133 steps, 459ft gain

It also ended up being the first time I could see the parking area from high up in the trails on that side. The white blob in the center is my car.

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Oh and another treat from right when I arrived, a plane coming in to land about a mile from where I was standing.





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Loud plane!

It's a shame that it's still so muddy. I do love the idea of using an old tree stump to hide the tools though.

That is some nice scenery. I love the tree with the ferns all the way up.

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