Thursday, April 14, 2011

Miller-Knox, Richmond - Apr. 13, '11

Walking Distance: 3 mi.
Walking Time: 1 hr., 30 min. (12:30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Start and End Point: Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline parking lot, Dornan Dr., Richmond, CA

Thank you to Margaret and Albert for joining me today for a hike in the hills (purple line trail on map) in Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline park, in the Point Richmond area. We began our walk in the unpaved parking lot of the Richmond Ramblers (motor cycle club) building (818 Dornan Drive), north of the Golden State Model Railroad Museum.

From this parking lot area, we headed straight uphill, and walked out to all three scenic points along a crest/ridge trail, including: West Ridge Point, East Vista Point, and Nicholl Knob. The last stop, Nicholl Knob (elevation ~370 feet), had sweeping 360-degree views. From this vantage point, we were able to see Ferry Point, Point Richmond, the San Francisco skyline, Mount Tamalpais, the Richmond San Rafael Bridge, the Carquinez Strait, and various industrial and housing areas. It was a great site for a snack and a panoramic photograph.

We enjoyed spring wildflowers along the way, and what may be the last few weeks of green grass on the hills.

Wildlife:
3 mockingbirds; 1 hawk; 3 little brown jobs (LBJs); 2 turkey vultures; 2 pillbugs

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