Monday, September 17, 2018

San Francisco - 2018

San Francisco International Airport
California Street
China Town
Saints Peter and Paul Church
Lombard Street

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Black Butte - Northern CA

I hiked Black Butte, an extinct volcano located near Weed, CA, during early August 2018. After a dusty back-road drive to the trailhead (which yielded a nail in my tire), I started a moderately steep spiral west up the north side of the volcano, and then a second spiral back to the east, followed by a final third spiral back toward the west. The hike seemed to go by relatively quickly, possibly because of the distracting views that were at all times fantastic, though greatly obscured due to wildfire smoke (we could barely see Mount Shasta, which was located only a few miles to the east). The summit of Black Butte is very exposed, with the very top located at the end of a rocky ledge that requires a bit of class 3 scrambling to stand atop.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Mount Eddy

I hiked Mount Eddy during late July. Eddy is located within the Trinity Horn in Northern California...basically the next major mountain peak west of Mount Shasta. The hike was 10 miles round trip, and ascended several thousand feet from trailhead to summit. The trail begins by following the Pacific Crest Trail as it traverses across a wooded mountain slope that eventually gives way to a broad valley containing several alpine lakes. A steep ascent up Eddy's south shoulder follows, but numerous switchbacks provide some relief from what would otherwise be a major slog straight up the mountain. The views from the top of Eddy are fantastic...though thick forest fire smoke blocked the best views. Nevertheless, Shasta still managed to peak out from behind the haze and building cumulus.

Rock hut at the summit of Mount Eddy.
Mount Shasta, partially obscured by forest fire smoke.

Mount Eddy, viewed from an alpine meadow west of the summit.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lassen Volcano

I summited Lassen Volcano a year ago, but at sunrise, and thus didn't get a chance to fully view the crater (click here to see last years post). I returned to Lassen a week ago, during mid July, for a daytime hike to the summit. It was a pretty amazing site to gaze upon the crater, which only 100 or so years ago was experiencing a violent volcanic eruption. And of course, the views from the top were outstanding, with the Central Valley laid out to our west, and Mount Shasta to our north. A picture of the crater, and Shasta on the horizon, is posted below (click the image for a larger version).

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Punta Gorda Lighthouse

I hiked out to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse during June 2018. The lighthouse was operational between 1912 and 1951, and has survived countless Pacific storms, as well as tectonic events such as the January 1923 magnitude 7.2 earthquake (see here for additional information on the lighthouse:

During my trip, I was greeted by a large colony of sea lions upon arrival to the lighthouse.  They didn't mind my presence at all, as they were preoccupied with throwing sand across their backs in order to block damaging UV rays as they sunned along the beach. Pictures of the lighthouse, sea lions, and a rusted navigational buoy are below.

Rusted navigational buoy.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Marin Headlands

I drove west from the Golden Gate Bridge to hike out to the Point Bonita Lighthouse on Saturday April 21st. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is only open on Sundays. So, I made the best of it and hiked the hills overlooking Rodeo Beach. Some relatively easy uphill hiking brought me to what I believe was Hill 88, which was ~1000 feet above the nearby ocean. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday...a few pictures are posted below.
View looking east from Point Bonita. The Golden Gate Bridge is on the horizon.
The Point Bonita Lighthouse is situated behind this sea stack. Unfortunately, the tunnel giving access to the lighthouse was closed.
Looking down on Rodeo Beach.
The hills towering above Rodeo Beach and Point Bonita.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Maacama Fault - Willits, CA

Traveling north through Willits, CA with coworkers, we stopped in town to view the slow warping of city streets due to creep occurring along the Maacama Fault. We stopped to take pictures at a vacant bank parking lot, where shearing forces from fault motion were clearly displayed.  A crack in the pavement ran from the southwest corner of the bank northwest across the drive-through section of the property, and then continued north-northwest across the remainder of the bank parking lot, where it exited the property beneath a fence.  Slabs of concrete used as a pseudo-curb along the north section of the parking lot where shearing away due to 6-8 mm/year of fault creep.  The previously mentioned fence on the far north side of the property also showed signs of warpage.  Pictures of the fault are displayed below.

Pavement shearing apart due to creep on the Maacama Fault.  Looking south.
Another view of the pavement breaking apart due to the fault.  Looking south.
Slabs of concrete breaking apart and being carried toward the north due to 6-8 mm/year of fault creep. Note the cracks in the parking lot pavement, which offer another marker for the fault location.
Warped fence sitting atop the fault.
Location of the pictures in Willits, CA.