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Month: September 2017

End of Summer at Brushy Peak

End of Summer at Brushy Peak

Starting the Fall season at Brushy Peak

September at Brushy Peak brings golden hills and a rush of trail runners taking advantage of the dry trails and cool mornings of the Livermore valley.

Our quick 3.0 mile hike on the Brushy Peak -Tamcan РLaughlin Ranch Loop trail encountered red-tailed hawks, coyotes, dog walkers, and many, many trainers.  Tough Mudder enthusiasts occupied the wide inclines of the Laughlin Loop trail carrying grimace inducing rocks, buckets, and sand bags.

Brushy Peak September
Golden hills of Brushy Peak during September

Raptor activity Saturday morning was low, but we did find an accommodating red-tailed hawk on the Laughlin Ranch Loop trail.

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk off the Laughlin Ranch Loop trail

Getting ready to leave, a stealthy coyote emerged from the grassy area just south of the parking lot.

Coyote Brushy Peak
Coyote at the Brushy Peak staging area

Have you been to Brushy Peak this season? Do you have any favorite trails or areas? We’d like to hear your stories!


Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Escaping the East Bay Heat

We escaped the heat the weekend by visiting the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve located north of Half Moon Bay. This is an excellent place for tide pooling. Check the tide tables and get there on time!

The reserve entrance is located in the middle of a residential community only a minute off of Highway 1. From there, it’s a minimal hike down to the beach.

Right at the entrance, we stumbled across a red-tailed hawk soaking its feet in the San Vicente Creek.

Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk soaking in the San Vicente Creek
Red Tail
Afterwards, showing off it’s eponymous red tail.

Down on the beach, we scrambled across the rocks, trying to beat the incoming tide.

Harbor Seal
Harbor seals resting on the rocks
Sea Anemone
Sea anemone still covered by water
Hermit Crab
Hermit crabs in their borrowed shells
Chiton crawling across the rocks
A small crab, bravely sits out in the open

Bluff Trail

You can also take the Bluff Trail south towards Seal Cove. Take the fork that rides the coast through century year old Monterey cypresses. From there, descend down to the beach along the Seal Cove trail. Located on the north end of the beach are additional rocky outcrops for tide-pooling ; we had these all to ourselves during Saturday morning.

Heron wades through the tide pools searching for a meal