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829. Cull Canyon to Ramage Peak (05/05/12)

Hikers (18): Alan, Carissa, Chinyet, Chris, Hailong, Iris, Jeff, Karl, Kirk, Peter M, Ross, Russell, Sarah, Shuli, Sophie, Stacy, Steve, Wendy
Distance: 24 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area near Castro Valley

Write-up by Steve -- Pictures by Karl and Iris

Now this is a good hike:

Hiker notes:

The EBMUD maps leave a lot to the imagination

Many would later long for some cool water like this.

Cull Canyon segment

If you took the right route, this was unnecessary!

Note the blue sign pointing left. That's where the real trail goes. . .

. . .but if you went that way, you'd miss flowery Dinosaur Ridge.

Some of the trails were a bit overgrown

Mighty Ramage Peak

Las Trampas from Ramage Peak

No matter how much we waved, the helicopter wouldn't pick us up

The upshot of going slow is better late-day lighting effects

Shuli's 70th leaf
Stacy's 90th leaf

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