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1288. Black and Green Curry (03/05/22)

Hikers (31): Adam, Arlene, Arush, Chinyet, Chris P, Christina, Crystal, David A, Dong, Gela, Giulia, Hong, Iris F, Jarda, Jim, Kathryn, Kendra, Kevin, Manfred, Mihail, Mike He, Milon, Nagendra, Peter E, Qi, Sandy F, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Susan S, Vicki
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 3 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Mt. Diablo State Park near Alamo

Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Chinyet, Giulia, Qi, Jarda, Milon, Jim, Shuli, Dong and Sophie

Most INCHers did longer/harder versions of this hike, but the difficulty is based on the easiest allowed route. Looking at the 5 tracks I can access on Garmin Connect, the minimum was 19.5 miles with 4.4k ft of elevation. The max was 21 miles with 5.2k ft of elevation. That being said, the pure "nice" route was less mileage and elevation. . .so the hike is still a 3.


And the hike starts with leaving the park


Green Valley Trail has some elevation


Mihail takes pictures in the easement


The unnamed trail up to West Fossil Ridge Road


INCHers returning from the crucial "End of Trail" sign on W. Fossil Ridge


Plenty of nice shaded trail in Diablo


Gathering Qi?


Neon green


Looking back at Hawk Ridge from "random power line" detour


Can't tell, but this really is Steve and Mihail encouraging Kevin and Nagendra to visit Hawk Ridge (not that they weren't going to)


Delighted Hawk Ridge visitors!


Kathryn visiting Balanced Rock on the "nice" route


Jarda, on the "naughty" route, took a zoomed picture of the hike leader on the unpublished "naughtiest" route heading up to the "naughtier" route. . .whatever that means


Diablo (left) and North Peak (right) from edge of Diablo


Sentinel Rock as we pass Rock City for the second time


Early on Wall Road


Visiting Wall Point summit


Cows ain't moo-vin near end of the hike

Milestones:
Gela's 40th leaf



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