Saturday, 8 Jun 2013

I hiked up Pedro Mountain from Montara, and returned on the 1879 Half Moon Bay - Colma trail above the tunnel. Somebody has been clearing and (re)building a trail from near the top of Pedro Mountain down to the rocks above the south entrance of the tunnels, and then continuing on to connect to the old 1879 Half Moon Bay - Colma trail. I did part of that cross country, not realizing the new trail connected. I came down the face where all the tunnel excavation was deposited, into Green Valley.

It was quite foggy, and quite windy. The fog was blowing through about 20 MPH on top of Pedro Mountain, with gusts that sometimes made it difficult to keep a straight path when walking.

The new parking area and access roads at the south end of the linear trail are done, for all practical purposes. I noticed driving home on Friday from Pacifica that a lot of the paving has been finished at the north end as well, but still some to be done. Supervisor Horsley mentioned a couple of weeks ago that work was well ahead of schedule, with fewer "repairs" needed than were expected, and the park may be open sometime this fall.

I noticed for the first time that the point below the south parking lot actually seems to be an arch; I could see the water surging through from the south. Tried to get a movie of that, but it's not so obvious in the movie.

While walking south of the tunnel entrance, I noticed and took a picture of a small cave in the valley/ravine above the tunnel. I'll have to check that out on a future trip.

I tried to return through Green Valley along the old railroad grade (where the coastal trail will eventually run). Where the railroad had a fill over the creek to the south said, both the creek and the chapparal become essentially impassible, so I gave that up and returned to the highway. I did try for awhile to follow deer trails and break trail on the north side of the valley, but it's going to take some serious brush removal.

I finished up by returning on the beach. Almost had a sunset, with the sun starting to drop into the break between the fog and the clouds, but unfortunately, the fog came back in, so just a hint...

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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-171648 thumbnail Montara, including our house visible near the top of the picture
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-175449.mp4 Movie (24MB) Trying to show the fog blowing through; it must have been 20mph from the way it was moving. Did a panorama as well.
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-182715 thumbnail Looking down at the new parking lot, from near the top of Pedro Mountain
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-182952 thumbnail Looking almost level at the north bunker observation site, from the rocks near the westmost point of the new loop trail somebody has been clearing/building.
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-183818 thumbnail Just above the 1879 Half Moon Bay - Colma road still, looking south past the beaches on down to Montara and Moss Beach
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-184335 thumbnail Pedro Point, from where I joined the HMB Colma road. I had traversed the old road along Devil's slide from the north to where it's missing from the slides, but this was this first time I had been on the remaining southern section (except the Gray Whale Cove trail, of course), despite the fact that I can see the alignment from our living room window!
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-185051 thumbnail The arch at the end of the point below the south tunnel parking area.
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-185109.mp4 Movie (17MB) The arch at the end of the point below the south tunnel parking area; I could see the water sloshing through from the south, although I didn't hold the camera steady enough for the movie to really show it.
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-185715 thumbnail This is the granite face just above the south tunnel entrance. During the opening ceremonies for the tunnel, several people were watching from here.
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-185821 thumbnail I didn't realize just how many fake rocks had been built above and behind the tunnel face. Apparently done to add a sensive depth?
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-190147 thumbnail A small cave (very small) in the ravine above the south tunnel entrance
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PedroMt-OldRd-Tunnel_2013-06-08-190348 thumbnail Quite an assemblage of cemented bones; probably an owl pellet? If so, pretty good sized, since it's about 4cm in diameter. There's most of a rodent skull and skeleton present
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