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Date: 1-16-2009 2:47 PM
Subject: Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1-3-09
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Tags:alameda creek, cairn, cow, field trip, little yosemite, sunol, trough, waterfall
Sunol Regional Wilderness, 1-3-09


A couple of weekends ago D. and I visited the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area and we took some pics. Here's my pics:


Alameda Creek, where it flows behind the Visitor Center.





Flag Hill and its sandstone formations, as viewed looking back down the Canyon View Trail from a couple of places.







Reflections in the dark water of Alameda Creek.







The scenery along the Canyon View Trail.









Tiny ferns sprout among colonies of lichen in the crevices of a boulder outcrop.







The sun gets lower in the sky as the afternoon drones on.





The trail takes us through a herd of grazing cattle.  This was ranchland before the creation of the park, and ranchers still have grazing rights here.  There are special advisories posted for hikers on how to handle a close encounter of the bovine kind on the trails.





Oak leaves and algae float beside a tree's reflection in a trough for livestock and horses on the trail.







A glimpse into part of the backcountry of the wilderness area from the Canyon View Trail.





Part of one of the many huge gnarly greenstone boulders in the gorge known as Little Yosemite.





The spray churned up by the little waterfalls along this section of Alameda Creek helps to support a community of moisture-loving ferns and mosses on the walls of the gorge.





A half-moon sails the sky among the trees at the top of the gorge.




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Here's D.'s pics:


An acorn woodpecker perches on a sycamore branch near Alameda Creek.





A grand view of the valley from the trail.





Huge live oaks are prominent features in the park's landscape.





This oak is ablaze with late afternoon sunlight.





Two magnificent views of Flag Hill from the Canyon View Trail.







A cryptic signpost, the negative-space arrow leads us on.





A cairn off the trail near the water trough is a minor mystery.





One of the many small waterfalls in the Little Yosemite gorge.





The moon peeks out from among oak branches above the Little Yosemite gorge.




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