Cheeseboro Ridge / Cheeseboro Canyon
After a false start and then a wrong turn, this 10 mile hike became 13 miles. I was lucky the weather was so cool. The ridge half was pretty tough and the return through the canyon was easy.
I parked in the lower lot right off the road.
The trail took me right up to the fence of the processing plant. I spotted the main trail from above and tried to get to it by making my way down the hill. I was stopped by a sea of poison oak. I back tracked, figured out where I went wrong and finally got going in the right direction. I was right near the parking lot where the trail begins but had already hiked three miles.
Father and Daughter
The branches of an old oak in the back stretched out right over to where this younger oak stood. It made me wonder if they are related. Woodpeckers drill holes in the bark of these trees and stuff acorns inside to be eaten later.
The beginning of Cheeseboro Ridge Trail.
Photo 1 – Ladyface Mountain Photo 2 – Simi Peak
Panoramic view from the top
Here is the turn off for Shepherd’s Flat Trail. It’s the only trail I took (after the first one) that didn’t have a trail name posted in front of it. I rested here on a rock and ate lunch. I met two woman on bikes who volunteer their time riding through the trails and offering assistance to hikers, mountain bikers, etc. They confirmed this was the trail I wanted.
I think this may be the Baleen Wall. There is supposed to be a turn-off to get to it but I must have missed it.