After almost three weeks of rain and wet trails, finally a window of opportunity opened up for a hike. I had not hiked since January 10 mainly because of wet weather and the resulting muddy trails. My hiking partner Lt. Cracker and I decided that this was the day we’d finally get to stretch our legs again.
To avoid swampy and squishy trails, we settled on the paved Nimitz Way in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley. We figured that the trail would be dry and the views of the surrounding areas would be stunning since Nimitz Way follows the ridge line of East Bay hills. From past experience we knew that this is a popular trail with hikers, joggers, bikers and equestrian riders. And dog walkers and cows too.
Interestingly, the Nimitz Way Trail is named after Admiral Nimitz who apparently used to hike this trail often and was regularly seen scattering wildflower seeds along the trail. This earned him the nickname “Johnny Appleseed of Tilden Park.” Apparently yellow lupine were his favorite.
The drive to our destination had been sunny with some scattered clouds and it looked like a prefect day for an enjoyable hike. At 8:40 AM, we pulled into the crowded parking lot at Inspiration Point. The temperature was a cool 47 degrees. While the trailhead itself was foggy, the closer we got to the trailhead, the sunnier the sky was so, we figured that the fog would soon pass.