Saturday night brought what might have been the last snow of the year. Walt Miller’s early-morning Sunday email read simply “Still on”, so nine of us braved the cold and trekked into Miners Ridge, in the Liberty Reservoir Park.
Walt schooled us on long-forgotten mining activities, and the huge tailings dump and a few stone structures are all that remain of what was once a big mining enterprise that ended in the 1890s. The hike then loosely followed a “T” shape, and we lunched on Coot Peninsula – which has no coots.
We’d started hiking through 2 inches of snow, and our return had us sloshing through 4 inches of mud – and clambering up a short but steep 20%-grade hill. But the sun was out, woodpeckers drummed their tattoos, and a few hardy Canada geese lined the reservoir. Thanks to Walt for leading a good hike.
My GPS’s batteries died, so thanks to Jay for sending me his GPX file, which I’ve translated into the route map below.
See below for a few pictures. Click each picture to view it in full size.
And there are more pictures here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mcom/photos/albums/2139161842