On Thursday, I hiked in Anthony Chabot park to finish up a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and look for California newts. It was a short hike, so I took our old dog with me. Hikers beware! There was tons of poison oak growing, it was everywhere. Best to wear long pants and stick to the trail.
We saw a green banana slug, East Bay banana slugs are always greenish, unlike the bright yellow ones in the Santa Cruz mountains area.
At the top of the hill we were treated to views of Willow Park golf course below us and sweeping views of the entire Bay Area. After rest, photos, and a snack, we headed back down.
Towards the end of the hike there was a creek crossing which of course the dog expects me to carry him across instead of wading through like most dogs. I noticed a tiny brownish red newt in the water and next to that one, there was another newt hanging onto a branch that was poking out of the water. He was hanging on the branch and I was able to see his bright yellow underbelly, it just screamed poisonous. What a treat! To see the newts in their natural habitat! I’d been so worried about them with the huge drought that we’ve been having this year. But they appear to have survived! Yay!
Have you ever found unexpected surprises on a hike you’ve been on?
Start/end: Chabot Staging Area
Trail name: Willow View trail
Approximate mileage (round trip): 0.5