Having many classic ski trips under my belt over the winter I finally felt in good enough shape to try a skate trip at Mt Tom. I assumed very crowded trails with these stellar and rare conditions but to my surprise I was perhaps the third skater since last grooming. I crossed paths with 2 skiers and as many walkers.
Over Thursday and Friday Wild wings got 20” of new snow which was enough to cover wet spots that had been appearing. Wild Wings groomed it up to perfection by Saturday and it was wonderful. The snow was warm and a bit sticky and slow but the trails got more and more packed by traffic so the glide was consistent over the day. I got there before Roxane and got my gear and myself ready.
After arrival by catamaran at Refugio Paine Grande we hiked to Refugio Grey along the east side of Lago Grey. After checking in at Refugio Grey, we made a short additional hike to Mirador Glaciar Grey.
A late start at Wild Wings Ski Tourning Center but a great ski. I met with Chuck in the shop and he said it was a klister day. I didn’t have any so used the hardwares I had. Actually I had the opportunity to use 3 different ones because as Chuck predicted they came off on the abrasive granular snow.
A perfect ski day. Below freezing but not too much. Only trouble was there wasn’t much time left in the day when I started. Oh well, best of all I got to do Chickadee and Loon for the first time this year. The logging operation that has been a hold up on opening these trails seems to be finishing up. They were loading logs at the road crossing. For once I chose the correct skis.
Valley Spokesmen club ride held on even-numbered Fridays using various routes. Today we started from San Ramon Central Park and headed south on Foothill to Castlewood. Then north through downtown Pleasanton and continuing on Vineyard to Livermore with a stop at Starbucks. We returned on Stanley to Pleasanton and mainly followed the Iron Horse trail back to the start.
Outing of the Tuesday U-Turn group starting from Hidden Lakes Park on Morello Ave. in Martinez and following the California Hiking & Riding trail to the top of Mt. Wanda. Note that the track shown here is missing the first mile or so of our hike.
Third conditioning ride by the Feather Pedals group of the Valley Spokesmen club in preparation for the Cinderella Classic ride. Today we started at the Sycamore Ave. Park&Ride lot in Danville and headed south to Dublin and then back north past the Windemere development to Blackhawk and the Diablo country club. Then one last climb on El Pintado before returning to the start.
Outing of the East Bay Casual Hikers in Redwood Park outside Oakland. We started from the Canyon Meadows Staging Area, went past the Fish Ladder to the Bridle trail and continued on the Orchard, French, Madrone, Starflower, French, Tres Sendas, and finally Stream trail back to the start.
Outing of Wilma's Wednesday hiking group in Redwood Park starting from the MacDonald Trail Staging area. A shorter hike than usual without the normal snack break due to the forecast rain. We started on the Golden Spike trail to the Bridle and then up the Chown to West Ridge. Our return was down West Ridge to Tate and then back on the Golden Spike.