Gate Closed, Change of PlansIt's a perfect day, clear and crisp. I get to Jack London State Park to hike Sonoma Mountain and WHAT??. Park's shut down, budget cuts hit home.
So I head north a few miles to Sugarloaf State Park to hike Bald Mountain (2,729') and .... gates up, "turn around" park closed. Even the roadside parking outside the gates have no parking plastered all over, tow away warnings and a minimum 50$ fine! Then I find out from a couple guys you can still go in on foot or bike.
So it's down the road a few miles to park and add 5 miles and 1,000 gain to the hike. Well whatever. After some grumbling and cursing to myself it was such a clear day I wasn't gonna let bureaucratic bullshit from Sacramento slow me down.
It was a fine day with a cold windy summit yielding 160 mile views from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south to Snow Mountain to the north, the ocean to the west, Blue Ridge to Mount Vaca to the east.