9 September 1999: Susan Chester and I hiked the 4.5 mile loop given by Schad from the Sycamore Canyon Road Trailhead, 10:40 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. My pedometer read 4.42 miles, and the altitude gain and loss given by Schad was 500'.
Plants in bloom: there are three dominant flowers, in addition to some nice displays of red poison oak leaves.
It was probably too early in the fall and too hot to really appreciate Sycamore Canyon. The temperature at the end of the hike was 84°. There were some annoying bugs that would have made it a bit unpleasant to stop for any length of time. The trails were in great shape, with no overgrowth at all. Martha's Grove was filled with leaf litter, a good deal of which was red.
There were wonderful satellite photos at most trail junctions showing the preserve and its trails, with marked mileages. There was a brochure at the trailhead giving a topo map of the area with the trails with mileages.
|Recording number||Mileage||Time arrived||Time left||Altitude||Comments|
|2||1.40||11:18||850||Field of rabbitbrush|
|3||1.70||11:30||800||Junction Road. Satellite photo.|
|4||2.00||11:39||750||Jct. Olive Grove Rest Area|
|5||2.26||11:45||750||Jct. Road. Went left.|
|6||2.62||11:55||650||South end of Preserve, trails curves west then north.|
|7||3.65||12:23||800||Jct. Road. Went left.|
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