Located minutes from downtown, Moon Mountain is a roughly triangular area ranging from 1-2 miles in diameter, bounded by Laurel Hill Valley, Bloomberg Road, and Franklin Blvd. It includes 3 peaks approaching 1,000 ft. in elevation, connected by narrow ridges. The higher elevations are covered by oak/madrone savanna. Though substantive sections have been cleared for park, private use, or utility lines, much of the area remains in natural state. This past Tuesday 10 veteran hikers and I climbed up a series of switchbacks from Snowberry Road to Moon Mountain City Park. From there we traversed a narrow saddle ridge southward; then turned eastward to a grassy area overlooking Bloomberg Road. We descended into a valley with a magical lichen-covered forest and running streams, returning to the starting point via Pinerock Road. On the way down we were rewarded by magnificent views of the western ridge of Moon Mountain, Laurel Hill Valley, and Hendricks Hill.Members: Moshe Rapaport, Jim Pierce, Keiko Bryan, Margaret Essenberg, Janet Jacobsen, Richard Essenberg, Chuck Eyers, Joanne Ledet, Jeanne Schmidt. Nonmembers: Ruthy Kanagy, Cat Nelson.
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