Quintessential California Hill Country. 4:26 RT.
With Mt. Mocho in the rain.
The four of us dayhiked a 33.7 mile, 9,500 gain loop via Blackbird Valley including Peak 3,200+, Red Mountain, Peak 2660, Hospital BM, Cedar Knob, Peak 3300, Boardman North, Boardman, Mocho North, Mocho, and Peak 3437. Dropping down to Cedar Knob and then coming back up was not worth the effort with the sun parched lower elevations brown and stickery. Maybe that little stretch would be more fun in early spring.
Beautiful night in the heart of the Diablo range with a wonderful companion. After she went to her grandmother's (90th!!) birthday dinner & I to a friend's birthday dinner on the other side of the Bay, we got a leisurely afternight start. Great temperature & clear night. Seeing Central Valley lights from the other side was quite cool. Summited 4.20ish, back at the truck at 6.30. Another one bites the dust.
Came back with a friend so he could snag the San Joaquin County HP. Picked up Mount Mocho on the way out since I'd missed it first time.
4 peak hike with Andrew which included Mocho, Mocho North (PK 3672), Boardman and Boardman North
Lots of tire tracks on the road all the way to Boardman North, and evidence of recent road grading. No cattle, no people, and no register or cairn at either summit. There's an earthquake monitoring station atop Boardman North which probably is the reason for the traffic.
Hike this one along with Mt. Boardman and Mt. Mocho on a nice, cold rainy day. Loved it.
A fine hike on the normal route though a bit rainy, didn't see any others.
Gorgeous day after rains....a little snow on the ground in places. Snow-frosting to the East on Mt. Eylar. Didn't see anyone. Many scrub jays kept me company.