On Sunday D. and I ventured out into the heat to check out the newly-opened stretch of the Permanente Creek Trail in town. Frankly, it was a disappointment, but I took a few pics before I became too weak, hot, tired and in pain, causing us to turn around and come home.
The trailhead is next to a school, where the creek is confined to a concrete flood control channel and lined with cyclone fencing. Not very picturesque.
A mirror allows trail users to see if any bikes are coming quickly down the ramp from the street. A sign reminds users:" Shared Trail."
A milk snail estivates in the summer heat on fencing.
The trail begins to arch over Highway 101. Arrows remind trail users it's a 2-way trail.
On the other side of Highway 101, the creek follows a natural channel, with native wildflowers along its banks. Here is a gumplant.
Returning on the overpass over the highway.
A lesser goldfinch looks for thistle seeds to eat next to the creek.