June Hiking Report

Photograph by Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved. Fawn

Descending Vista Point one morning I rounded a bend in the trail and stopped dead in my tracks. There 25ft away was this little fawn (see photo above). It’s mother was on the other side of the trail in the trees waiting for the fawn to cross the trail. Startled by hikers coming up the trail it had stopped then I happened along. It looked at me and headed in the opposite direction of its mother. Then timidly it crept up to this tree and watched me and its mother. It’s mother was not happy; she pranced and paced back and forth with worry. I wasn’t sure what I should do…wait and hope the mother crossed, or the fawn crossed, or just move on. I took a few quick photos. We hikers looked at each other wondering what would happen next then the Mother bounded up the hill the wrong way! Then the fawn sped down the hill into the bushes the wrong way! I continued down the mountain all the while hoping they’d reunite.

An anxious Doe!

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I hiked a lot of miles in June. My elevation gained totals are incredible. The total floored me  again when I added it up. I took a lot of neat wildlife and flower photographs while hiking in this park during the month of June, but these two photos are my favorites.

Just seven more weeks until the big hike to Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. I still am on track for successfully completing that hike.

JUNE Hiking Report

*6/2/2011- 8.15 miles, 2,170ft, 3h10m PG&E trail out & back

6/7/2011- 10 miles, 2,549 ft, 4h 33m  Rhus Ridge to Black Mt Trail out & Back

6/10-12/2011-  about 11 miles, at various parks and site around Sonoma Coastal area. Many parks were closed due to budget cuts so we had to drive to other locations to do any hiking.

6/16/2011- 8.15miles, 1,962ft, 3h 5m, PG&E out & back to Vista Point

**6/19/2011- 6.2miles, 2,197 ft, 3h, Mission Peak- Peak Trail the steep route

6/21/2011- 8.15miles, 1,962ft, 3h3m, PG&E trail out & back

6/25/2011-6.45 miles, 2,236 ft, 3h24m, Horse Heaven trail up, Peak Trail down- time to the top 2h4m

6/29/2011- 2.4m, 2,100ft, 1h20 mins. Horse Heaven Trail out & back

 June Total Feet Climbed

15,676ft

 June total Miles Hiked

60.5

*6/2/2011 total ft is average of 3 measurements

2123ft, 1962ft & 2427ft.

6/16/2011 time to Vista Point 1h34m! Fastest yet, even stopping to take photos!!!

** 6/19/2011 started ascent at 320Ft, Vineyard Drive

6/21/2011- start time 6:37a.m. Time @ Vista Point 8:13a.m. =1h40m

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 18-200mm VR| Induro CT213 Tripod

Juvenile Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

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Yesterday afternoon I hiked up to Black Mt. starting from a new to me trail-head. On the way down he was sunbathing on the side of the trail. Heman nearly stepped on him! He was about 2ft long, not too fat, and only had 4 rings on his rattle. I didn’t get all that close to him. I stayed on the other side of the fire road/trail.
About 1/2 mile from the end of my hike I saw another smaller one sitting on the side of the trail.
Yesterday afternoon was the day for wildlife. I saw a deer, a rabbit, 2 rattlers, and a hawk eating something. I couldn’t tell what it was I was too far away.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 18-200mmVR @ 170mm| f10| 1/25 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held
Hike details
Black Mt Trail via Rhus Ridge Trail
Total hike 10 miles
Total feet gained 2,549
Total time: 4h 33mins.
Average speed 2.2mph

Correction- Thanks to Correcamino for correctly Identifying this rattler for me!

An Outdoor Café

Reynolds Mountain- Glacier National Park

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Wild Blue-Pod Lupine- McGuire Peak

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Olmstead Pt- Yosemite National Park

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I hope you enjoy the view!