On Tuesday I hiked at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills. It was morning time and very cold, windy, and foggy. But still beautiful for hiking! Sibley is appealing because it’s quite a small park and there are lots of regular hikers and dog walkers, and there was even an elementary school class visiting that day. All of these people make it feel safe to hike alone during the week.
The fog made it amazing though! There were sections of the trail that had so much fog that it just felt magical. I expected to see cattle since I’ve seen them there before, and there are gates and notices that alert hikers that cattle graze there, but it was just super quiet, nothing except the sound of the wind blowing the fog around and the occasional voices of fellow hikers and dog walkers.
One of my favorite things to do is to look for wildflowers and I downloaded a brochure from the East Bay Regional Parks that has many of the most common wildflowers. The wildflower in the photo is a variety of Lupine. There were lots of other flowers including the California poppy which grows all over the area this time of year. The sun needs to be shining though for these lovely flowers to open completely.
Start/end: Parking lot at Sibley Volcanic Preserve off Skyline Blvd.
Trail name: Round Top Loop trail, return via Overlook trail
Approximate mileage: 1.8
Where do you like to hike when the weather is not ideal?