Hike 19 – Kind of Blue, Kind of Grey, December 19, 2009
Hiking in winter in the Bay Area can be challenging. The hours of available daylight are short and often there is heavy fog or rain. Sometimes the trails are muddy, waterlogged or impassable from recent rains.
All week long I had paid attention to the weather forecast and it appeared that this was going to be the better day for a hike this weekend. The weather would be good for a few hours only, so I had to do what I could with this limited opening. In addition, my wife was down with a cold so I did not want to spend too much time on the trail, away from home. My goal was to do a hike along the Bob Walker Ridge in Morgan Territory Preserve.
I left home under distressing conditions. There was heavy fog everywhere with visibility down to about 100 ft on sections of the road. The drive along Morgan Territory Preserve Road can be dangerous under these conditions since a section of it is a winding single-lane track. Traffic has to come to a near stop to let vehicles pass from the other side. Thankfully I did not encounter any traffic from the opposite side on that section.
The sun finally came out about two miles before I got to the trailhead. I had been climbing steadily and the trailhead elevation was just above 2,000 ft. Shortly after 8:15 AM I pulled into the parking lot. The temperature was 46 degrees and the sun was out. Yippee!