November 30th, 2008

Stevens Creek Trail, Yuba to El Camino to Sleeper

Stevens Creek Trail, Yuba to El Camino to Sleeper

On November 9, D. and I went back to the Stevens Creek Trail and walked up the creekbed for a bit between the Yuba Dr. trailhead and El Camino Real, then we went up on the proto-trail (under construction) to Sleeper Ave.

First D.'s pics, then mine.

The creek tunnel under El Camino.

Looking upstream from the tunnel.

Construction on the next stretch of trail.

The trail follows the PG&E power lines.  The little flags mark where landscaping will go.

A red-tailed hawk patrols its territory.

A ditch for something, near the wall o' graffiti.

An ancient apricot tree, probably a remnant of the original orchards that once blanketed the Santa Clara Valley.

A gnarly milk thistle grows at the side of the trail just north of El Camino.

A little farther along is a small grapevine, just beginning to turn color.

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I took these pics.

Graffiti under the Yuba Dr. bridge.

Looking up from the creekbed to Yuba Dr.

The overgrown creekbed is very stony.

Reflections in a pool downstream from the El Camino tunnel.

Looking upstream into the tunnel.

Recent rains have swept leaves and other vegetation against a rock in the tunnel.  It almost looks like it has a hairdo.

Construction of the new Stevens Creek Trail segment is marked with a festively colorful stake.  I wonder if the rainbow of colors mean the engineers kept changing their minds?

Foliage and seed pods on one of the many enormous blue gum eucalyptus trees that line the creek.