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Mt St Helena

Had a pair of micro spikes that I wore for about half the hike due to ice and was glad I had them and didn’t…

Perfect end to 2021!

SNOW!! Best day to summit in my opinion. Storm came through the past week, but clear skies and sunny today helped make it a tad…

Best Hike of the Six Peaks

This was the best hike of the six peaks. A lot of running water down the mountain from the recent rains. The views of the…

My Tam

Cold and windy

Mt. Tam: Sea to Summit

Arrived to the Dipsea trailhead at the start of sunrise. The Dipsea portion of the trail was wet and dark from the tree cover but…

Mt. Umunhummm

We did it! Almost to the very last day, we completed the final peak of our Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge at Mount Umunhum…

Black Mountain Hike

Such a beautiful trail but muddy at this time because of the heavy rain.

Mt. Tam in the fog!

Beautiful views at the top event though it was foggy. Technical rocky trail but more doable than I thought. Lots of great photo opportunities! The…

Mount Tam with Santa

Santa was too busy to hike, but ran into a few deer, so basically the same thing. It was a cold, foggy and rainy hike,…

Last Peak of 2021!

I cut it close and was worried I wouldn’t complete the 2021 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge by the end of the year because of…

Christmas Eve with Diablooooooo

Cold, windy, and muddy. Hiked this after we got some downpour so it made the first mile challenging. After that I had to fend off…

MT Tam, The Beat for Las!

So glad that there was a break in the rain today so I could conquer my last peak of the challenge, Mt Tamalpais! I started…

Mt. Diablo via Summit Trail

Snowed a few days before we did the hike, trail muddy at lower areas for a bit but overall it was fine.  We were above…

Last one before the rain!

Happy that I saved this one for last. Super lovely easy stroll up a nearly empty trail. The fog was thick getting there but quickly…

Fog on Mt. St. Helena

The trail was beautiful, and weather cooperated. Most of the hike to the summit was above the fog. The fog rolled over the mountain on…

Mission Peak Newbie

My first ever time at Mission Peak. It was a difficult hike for me but I am so proud that I completed it! Trail was…

Fogged in on Mt. Tam

The Steep Ravine Trail was definitely the highlight of the hike with tons of waterfalls from recent rains. The rest of the way up was…

Mount Diablo

Cold day to come up. Some parts were not bad, some parts were windy and covered in ice. It’s definitely better be cold than hot…

Black Mountain Hike

This was a quick easy hike. Working on get the last two peaks in before the end of the year.

The most freezingest hike ever!

Dan and I started out from the Ohlone College Parking garage at 8 am. It was 35* F and extremely windy. I had 3 layers…

Helena is Heaven

This was our second hike up Mt St Helena, we did this hike the same time last year.  But last year was rainy and foggy,…

#5 Mount Tam

This is by far our longest hike and most beautiful one! At the summit, it felt heavenly, with the full cloud cover. First 4 miles…

Mt Um

Cold but clear!

Diablo Day Hike

A beautiful day for a hike. The trail was a bit muddy in some areas due to recent rains and a bit of snow at…

Mount Diablo (The Final One)

One of the most difficult and rewarding east bay hikes I’ve been on. As others say, go clockwise. Your hard work will pay off with…

Mount St. Helena

Incredible hike! We had snow the night before maybe 4 inches which made it so much fun! The weather was very dramatic – no precipitation…

Winter Wonderland on Mt St Helena

It had rained the day before, and when we got to the mountain we discovered that that meant snow at altitude.  A little at the…

Snow Covered Summit

Our group had originally scheduled to summit Mt. St. Helena in the summer. But, when the temperatures climbed, we postponed . . .and postponed .…

Last peak for 2021!

Beautiful, clear day before the rain came. Got a little turned around at the beginning, end up taking Stagecoach to Miller and the Fairy Falls…

CircumTam

Rather than follow the suggested hike from Stinson Beach to the East Peak, I chose to follow in the footsteps of Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder…

Mount Diablo – Final Peak!

Long and intense hike! Beautiful views at the peak and well worth the trip! Finished the 2021 challenge!

Mt. Umunhum

The hike was longer than I had anticipated, but still a great hike. The final trail to the summit was closed for “dangerous conditions”. The…

Mt Tam

Had a great hike up Tam yesterday.  Went up the Dipsea trail to Steep Ravine then crossed the road and up to the top.  Came…

Snow in Sonoma

The last summit! Our group had originally planned to do the hike in the summer, but the temperatures kept rising and we knew it would…

Gorgeous Mt Tam

Took narrow, steep paths up, and fire roads down.  Gorgeous views out over the Bay: SF and Mount Diablo.

Mt. Tam

Lovely hike through a lot of single-track trails. The views were spectacular all the way up.

Mt. Tamalpais East Peak

Another awesome hike – incredibly gorgeous! One of my favorites – top two for sure. Stunning views and we had a very clear day. Also…

Double Down Diablo

Five and a half hours of moving time. Completed this trail clockwise which meant that I went up the steeper side and descended the wider…

Mount Tam

Mount Tam was beautiful. More stairs than I thought but that view was absolutely breathtaking. I would rate this hike as moderate/hard.

Rising Above the Clouds

Started out in foggy scrub, rose through misty redwoods, then climbed above the fog into sunny chaparral and finally the peak! Creek and falls were…

Mt. Tam – Wrong way down

https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/mountain-theater-west-point-inn-and-mount-tamalpais-loop-d2cdf04?u=i 8.2miles This is a pretty hike, but would recommend going up the steep side first thru Fern Creek.  I do not like large loose…

Muppet Song hike

We hiked above the fog, only ones at the summit when we got there.  When we finished lollygagging, the parking lot was full.  I hummed…

Mount Diablo Summit

Got up early to the parking lot (~8am when it first opened) to make sure we finished before it got dark.  Parking is $6 cash…

#4 Mission Peak

Have hiked this one many times, it was fun to complete it as a part of this challenge. Was crowded as always, but a great…

Hiking Black Mountain

It was a great day for a hike, cool in the morning but it warmed up to tank top weather as we were climbing.  This…

And Thus We Finish With Tamalpais

“Just makin up poems in my head as I climb toward Mount Tamalpais. See up there, as beautiful a mountain as you’ll see anywhere in…

Last of 6 in 2021!

Great day hike! Lots of people at the start and finish, but not too many on the trails. Sunny but haze obscured the views.

Taming the Tam

Went on a great hike with a small group of just the three of us.  Got to explore some cool areas.

Mt st Helena

Beautiful day. Napa 50k trail run was happening

Various terrain

It was a long twisty road up, but the views were great.  I got there early to beat any crowds and there were only 3…

Completed Mount Saint Helena

Beautiful trail!! Trail in great condition; the first 3/4 mile was fairly rocky but the rest was a smooth and steady climb. Fantastic views from…

Beautiful on Black Mountain

Beautiful weather made for a nice hike. 72°, and only a breeze at the summit. Trails damp, but not muddy. Made for good traction on…

The Final One…Really

Missed this hike with my Six Pack hiking buddy so talked the entire family into going with me. It was perfect weather…cool, then it warmed…

Mount St Helena

This was my 4/6 hike for the challenge. Hiked it while there was an Ultra race happening so it was cool to witness these super…

My umunahum!!!!!

This hike was good exercise, the scenery was just average.

Mount St. Helena – Calistoga wine

Drove to Calistoga thru amazing vineyards , treated with fall colors vineyards.  Beautiful drive to the trail head.  NO bathrooms, recommend stopping thru Calistoga. First…

Mount Umunhum

Great hike, beautiful weather. Easier than expected. Parking lot pretty empty despite it being the day after Thanksgiving.

Umunahumhumhumhumanum

Beautiful day for a beautiful hike. Tons of shade and the view always outstanding.

Mount Diablo

Great hike! Trail was pretty wide and there were some portions with loose gravel. Gorgeous fall/winter day! We were able to see other peaks in…

Mount Umunhum

Perfect post Thanksgiving hike. Bit hazy, but perfect temperature. Excellent trail conditions.

#6 St Helena

This hike was mostly over a service road, no shade, fully open, which made it a little monotonous. Gradual inclines, and super windy. Has a…

Wind

Was so windy at the top we ate in the lookout tower for protection.

Any Way the Wind Goes

Let it blow, let it blow, let it blow. Sunny conditions, cool temperatures, perfect for hiking, but boy, was it ever windy. At the beginning…

NOT Mount St. HelenS

I can’t be the only person to have thought that the peak for this challenge was Mount Saint Helens, right?  Right?! Glad this one was…

A very windy day

It was a clear and sunny day, which made for some great views. However, it was very windy. We did the loop counter clockwise. We…

Mt Saint Helena

Beautiful hike with amazing view of the wine country.Most of the trail is exposed so it’s best to start early.Limited parking spot.

Black Mountain

Easy hike from where we started, about 5.5 miles round trip. It was chilly but not overly cold. We pushed it, getting back before dark…

Tam-Tam Morning

Second-favorite of the Six-Pack, a little long but generally easy grade the whole time.  Nice to have done comparably-easier hike after Diablo the day before…

Mt. Tam

Perfect day to hike Mt. Tam! Temperature was great, views were amazing with the weather even while hiking back in the dark

Mount Umunhum

8 miles from my house but 45 minutes to get there.  That should tell you a little about the trip up there. At first I…

Mission Morning

Nice challenging grade for the majority of it!  My mom butt-dialed me right near the summit, which was nice to get to talk with her,…

Diablo Afternoon

Probably my favorite hike of the NorCal Six-Pack!  Though Mount Tam had some beautiful views also; Diablo was a great challenge pretty much the whole…

Umunhum Morning

A nice stroll in the woods!  Very easy grade; wish I could have started sooner to catch the sunrise at the top, but the gates…

Black Afternoon

Mostly an easy (but a little long) stroll, with moments at the beginning and near the end of steeper grades.  Found the benchmark among the…

Serene Saint Helena

Little under 4 hours moving time. Cool fall weather and pretty fall colors/foliage made this a very beautiful hike. The views from the summit are…

Sunny day at Black Mountain

We parked our car to where Chamise Trail Starts. just peaked Lost Altos Hills Reservoir. it was really pretty and sunny day. It took a…

Made it to the top of Mount Umunhum!

Beautiful weather, great hike! The trail to the summit was closed, but there was another route that led to the summit via the road /…

Mt St Helena!

Amazing views for most of the hike. Big wide trails after the initial bit. Peak was so windy, I just grabbed a few photos and…

Mt. Diablo mayhem

Mt. Diablo was beautiful! Water was in the creek, ferns were just starting to grow, and the dew on the new grass was so pretty.…

Peak #4: Mt. Umunhum

It was a great hike to get back to the challenge. Beautiful clear day!

Some hikes are too nice

Some hikes are too nice. The predawn drive to the Stinson entrance of the Matt Davis trail rewarded me with a moon lit view of…

Napa Valley in the fall!

I’M DONE! I did four peaks in Jan/Feb, and two this week. Is that procrastination, or wisely avoiding the summer heat and tourist traffic? ?…

Napa Valley in the autumn!

I’M DONE! I did four peaks way back in Jan/Feb, and two this week. Is that procrastination, or wisely avoiding the summer heat and tourist…

Made it to top of Mission Peak

Fantastic views at the top of Mission Peak, and able to see pretty much the entire bay from up there – but wow that climb…

Up and beyond the vineyards

Beautiful cold autumn fall day with my friend Karla. Karla offered to help me complete my 5th hike in the 6 Pack of Peaks Nor…

Perfect autumn day on Mt Diablo

Perfect weather! High in the low 60s, with some scenic fog and clouds, which made for some nice photography. Quiet on the mountain, but the…

Bagged 4 peaks in 1

Absolutely stunning autumn hike with perfect hiking weather. Surprised there were very few people on the trail on a Sunday. Beautiful diverse trail loop and…

#6… finally!

Took a little while to knock out the sixth one.  My friend and I started in February on Mission Peak.  Ended last weekend on Mt.…

Mount Saint Helena

This is a good hike, it starts off the 1st Mile in the forest but the rest of it is on a fire road and…

Mount Saint Helena

This is a good hike, it starts off the 1st Mile in the forest but the rest of it is on a fire road and…

Diablo – final hike of challenge

After a 4 month hiatus from hiking we jumped right back in with a pretty difficult hike.  We did all three peaks Eagle, twin and…

Finally finished!

After failing to finish this challenge in 2019, I can finally say that I have! Mt Tam was a much more enjoyable experience than the…

Mt. Diablo – Devils Death Slide

Took Juniper up and around the hill.  We spotted a trail to go up to the peake.. didn’t realize it was Devils Death Slide.  Once…

Mount Tam

My absolute favorite of the Nor Cal peaks! Amazing vista views of San Franscisco, Oakland, and the Pacific Ocean.

Up, up and up you go!

Absolutely gorgeous hike with green fields and cows grazing.  A beast of a climb up to a gorgeous view at the top.  Well rewarded with…

Rock and Root Hikers

We did 2 hikes in one day; the first being Mount Umunhum being 8.27 total miles.  It was a very nice leisurely hike.  We looked…

Rock and Root Hikers

We did 2 hikes this day; the first being Mount Umunhum and the second hike being Mission Peak.  It was very hot on some parts…

eat sleep hike repeat

Lush green pasture, happy adorable cows grazing. Got a very clear sky. The peak was very windy – overall Easy to Medium hike – flattish…

Beautiful St.Helena

It was a beautiful sunny day.  It took us almost an hour and a half  to drive to Stevenson Memorial trail from Walnut Creek. We…

Rock and Root Crew

The instructions provided on Social Hiker was great.  Our group followed it to the tea.  Total miles for the day was 8+.  It was a…

Worth trying to say the name!

Gorgeous trail and such a wonderful preserve.  Well maintained and beautiful covered trails for most of the hike.

Silverado Squatters

Fun weekend up in wine country and a hike up beautiful Mt St Helena (10.3 miles, 2,129 ft elev gain, Max elev. 4,317 ft). We…

Rock and Root Crew

The instructions provided on Social Hiker was great.  Our group followed it to the tea.  Total miles for the day was 7+.  It was a…

Veteran’s Day on Umunhum

We got there at 8:00 on Veteran’s Day and there were zero cars.  The day was beautiful and we had the trail mostly to ourselves.…

Clear, bright morning

Beautiful, clear morning. Felt great to get back out after the fire season has quieted down (hopefully!).

Diablo 6 Peaks to Finish 6 Pack

6 Peaks route of Mt Diablo – going clockwise Mt Olympia, North Peak, Diablo Summit, Eagle Peak, Twin Peaks, Mitchell Rock. Long flat treeless portion…

Sixth and Final Peak

We started at 8am and the trail was empty we were the only ones in the parking lot!   By the time we got to…

Mission Accomplished

Got up early on veterans day to do this hike and beat the crowds.  I hit the trail at 8am and was done by 11am. …

Napa Valley Views

The views overlooking Napa Valley and fall foliage did not disappoint. Perfect weather; cool temps were nice for the steady, exposed ascent.