Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park (Part 1) - Sunol, CA

Another hiking trail pretty close to my house is Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park which is somehow not in Pleasanton, CA but in the bordering town of Sunol, CA. Unlike Augustin Bernal Park, this park is less shady but the scenery is even more wonderful and the trail is less steep. I recently sprained my foot a bit while hiking Augustin Bernal Park so after several days to let it heal up a bit, I decided I'd work back into hiking with a slightly less steep trail at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. After going there, I fell in love. While a bit more sunny, this park is a lot bigger and has much more scenic views as it is further in the wilderness here in the valley. I hope you enjoy this series of photos. This series will have photos from several days, not just one day.

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Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

The photos for today are from 5/27 and 5/28.

A photo of the hiking entrance from the parking lot. I thought the gates and fence added to the photo a bit. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 53 N 121 52 56 W 

Partially up the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 36 56 N 121 53 03 W 

More photos of the trail. As you can see, this hiking trail is a lot less shady compared with Augustin Bernal Park. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 00 N 121 53 10 W 

I thought that fallen tree looked really nice with the living trees. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 01 N 121 53 11 W 


A photo overlooking I-680 below. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 05 N 121 53 12 W 

Further up the mountain, I thought that tree in the center would make a nice shot. If you look closely you can still see I-680. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 09 N 121 53 11 W 

Recomposed a bit and took another photo. Decided to place that tree on a "rule of thirds" line. 

Another view of the mountain overlooking I-680. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 11 N 121 53 12 W 


The hiking trails on the mountain. This is coming up at the split in the trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 12 N 121 53 15 W 

I thought this tree looked very interesting so I got a photo. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 18 N 121 53 28 W 

The scenery on the mountains. Many trees on this mountain unlike Mission Peak in Fremont, CA. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 21 N 121 53 37 W 

Another photo of the trail on the mountain. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 21 N 121 53 37 W 


A photo of a tree. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 29 N 121 53 41 W 

Now beginning shots from the next day's hike. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 02 N 121 52 58 W 

A photo of a giant tree. Some cows were grazing underneath it. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 37 01 N 121 52 57 W 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from this park. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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