Mt. Tom Loop
May 9, 2006
It was a beautiful Tuesday for the first (hopefully annual) Mt. Tom
hike. Located approximately ten miles Northeast of Coburg, Mt. Tom is
one of the highest ( 3166' ) mountains in the Coburg hills. Nine hikers
joined Carolyn and me at our house on Mt. Tom road to start the hike.
The first short jaunt through the trees demonstrated clearly why we
recommended waterproof footgear! Taking our time, we climbed 1000 feet
over the next mile while enjoying great views of the Coast Range and
the valley floor. When the logging road ended, we turned southeast
along a ridge that runs below the peak of Mt. Tom. Using game trails
that follow long abandoned logging roads, we took a break in a meadow
beneath some large oak trees. A special place. Continuing south we
found a good-sized bear track, wild iris and plenty of poison oak.
Presently we came to a grassy knoll (complete with plastic chairs!), a
nice space to spend some time and enjoy the conversation and the
sunshine. We completed the loop by continuing south then west to Mt.
Tom road and back to our house, where we saw a deer and some wild turkeys
(rolled corn does wonders for wildlife viewing). Many thanks to
Carl Witzig and Wallace Kaufman, the property owners who allowed us
access through their land. Obsidians on the hike were:
Carolyn and Cork Higgins (leaders)