54-7 Barley Flats to Alder Creek

Participants: Tom Chester and Jane Strong
Date: 7 February 2000 (Written up 19 February 2000)

Description: For general information about this hike, see trail information. This description gives just the details peculiar to this particular trip.

Trail condition: The tread of the trail is in excellent shape nearly everywhere, but the brush is growing into the trail airspace in many places. One has to fight sharp ceanothus branches to get through some sections of it, and there are three downed trees, one of which requires negotiation of a gap between its two trunks. However, Tom negotiated the trail in shorts and T-shirt on 2/7/00 without any scratches, so it is passable fairly easily.

Plants in bloom: Only arroyo willows with catkins and pussy-willow-type buds.

Weather and water consumption: 64° at noon at Red Box; 0.8 liters.

Bugs: Only a few small gnats, requiring a couple of waves of the hand.

Number of ticks: Zero.

Number of rattlesnakes: Zero.

Other pests: None.

Explanation of columns for all trip logs

My raw pedometer mileages have been multiplied by 0.9 since the pedometer calibration changed a month or two before this hike, perhaps after being dropped.

Recording numberMileageTime arrivedTime leftAltitudeComments
00.002:14 5500Barley Flats Trailhead
10.672:36 5220In oak trees after brushing off ceanothus
20.952:55 5095Downed tree on trail that requires crawling between its trunks
31.353:12 4870Few small gnats; more brushy areas
41.803:30 4545Maybe done with brush now? On firebreak again.
54.285:08 3440Alder Creek Trailhead

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