1243. Murietta Falls (03/27/21)
Hikers (26): Bjorn, Brad, Chinyet, Christina, Crystal, Dan L, David A, Ellen, George, Giulia, Jarda, Kathryn, Mihail, Mike He, Milon, Nagendra, Nohemi, Peter, Praveen, Rainer, Rudi, Sarah, Sophie, Steve, Susan S, Yipeng
Distance: 14 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 7 beauty
Park info: Ohlone Regional Wilderness south of Livermore
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Chinyet, Jarda, and Sophie
It was good to back on the OWT after a long absence. The West Beach area at Del Valle was closed, so we started from the Vallecitos trailhead, after much confusion about the parking situation. This was a much prettier trail than the usual fire road, and it brought us out at the sign-in panel. From there it was the standard trip to Murietta Falls, although some folks took advantage of the great weather to extend the hike by doing the Greenside loop, and five people (Bjorn, Crystal, David, Nohemi, Susan) went all the way to Rose Peak!
It was the first warm hike of the year, but nowhere near as bad as previous trips to Murietta. Still, I was glad I brought enough water this time. I needed to finish this hike to make it to my 600th!
Honorable mention to Sandy F for doing a good portion of the hike, all the way to the gate halfway up the Big Burn before turning around.
David A's 70th leaf
Milon's 90th leaf
Rudi's 170th leaf
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