May 30, 2009
We headed for the Blanton Heights trailhead at 8:30 on a warm, clear spring morning to begin our 6.2 mile hike along the Ridgeline Trail. Jim Pierce was able to join us for the first portion of the hike only. The trail was dry and clear and we saw daisies, sunflowers, wild roses, and a few irises along the way. The rutted section of the Ridgeline Trail between Fox Hollow and Dillard Road is in the process of being leveled and relocated to higher ground. That made it much easier for us.
At the Dillard North trailhead we took the lower trail to the top of Mt. Baldy. Janet Jacobsen pointed out a new 250 ft. section of the trail that the Obsidians recently built. After our climb up Baldy, we stopped briefly to enjoy the magnificent view and a cool refreshing breeze before descending the new gravel trail to Spring Boulevard. It was a busy Saturday with many joggers, hikers, and dogs along the trail.
We arrived at Spring Boulevard by 11:30 with Janet Jacobsenís car and Sterling Pierce waiting (thank you) to shuttle the hikers to their cars and transportation home. A few blocks down the road from Spring Boulevard trailhead, we noticed ten or so parked trucks. They were filming “Something Wicked,” a current day action thriller. We didn’t see any action!
Our group of hikers included Jim Pierce, Pat Esch, Cathy Irwin, Ken Rivernider, Connie Pierce, Akira Ozaki (a visitor from Osaka, Japan), and co-leaders Janet Jacobsen and Sue Meyers.