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mountain biking
7 months ago

I ventured up Pleasanton Ridge via Augustin Bernal Park for the second time. But instead of parking and climbing up Longview Drive, I got a tip that you can start at the top of Golden Eagle Way instead. You need to enter a gated community to access this staging area, which will require showing your ID and having the guard write down your license plate. But this will save you some of the initial ascent up to the ridge and the staging area is very safe and secluded.

I tried some new trails this time. I followed Sinbad Creek south until it ended at Kilkare Road. Apparently the locals don't want you to go any further. So I doubled back and headed north for a while. I reached a gate and could have continued further, but decided to head back up the ridge as the sun was soon going down. Next time I think I'll venture further out. It looks like further north it's possible to go west and connect with Sunol Ridge, but I think that is still off-limits waiting to be developed by the park district.

I came down the front nine on my way back. It gets pretty hairy going down that trail on a bike and I was a little out of my comfort zone. I would be very careful hiking on the front nine as it intended for extreme mountain bikers.

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First, there’s parking along Longview Dr where you can walk up to the trailhead. At the private drive that goes back to the trail I was greeted by a few dozen wild turkeys. They were very vocal on the early Saturday morning.

As I followed the track north on Toyon, I came across a sign that said “private property, no public traffic.” So I thought that was the wrong way to go. And there was another single track path leading up the ridge, so I went that way instead. Well that was a little regrettable. It was like trying to hike up a steep, muddy slip n slide as there was a heavy rain just two days prior. I got up eventually, passing a few deer along the way. But as I was heading back down the ridge and past that same area with the sign, I saw a bunch of MTB’ers coming out of that trail. So it seems as though the “front nine” trail is fair game after all.

Oh I and I saw a coyote at the northern end of the ridge trail where you make a left toward shady creek. Took a picture of it before it scampered off into the brush.

And you can mostly MTB this entire trail. There are a couple of short hiker-only sections (Toyon, Chaparral trails) in Augustin Bernal Park, but there are MTB friendly trails that bypass them.

The views can’t be beat. On the way up the “front 9” section of the trail passes through a gate that says “keep off” but it appears to be a nongovernmental sign. This section all the way up to the ridge is quite steep, unimproved, and is often used by mountain bikers coming down rapidly. One must be very careful.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015