Yesterday I took a walk into Barbier Park,
climbing up San Pedro Mountain. It's really just a big hill on the
North side of the San Rafael valley, but it is big enough to have very
The trail starts at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood,
and is initially quite steep, but soon levels out and is a much easier
walk. It took me about 45 minutes to get fairly close to the top
I expected to get to one of the highest peaks and take in some
panoramic vistas, but actually the radio relay stations or suchlike are
surrounded by security fences and dense bush on either side of the
trails, and the best views are to be found about 3/4 of the way up:
This is a true 360 view, with San Pablo Bay in the North East, Mt
Diablo far away in the East, the Richmond Bridge in the South-East, and
the San Rafael valley in the South-West, and the glorious Mt Tamalpais.
The Sun is thinking about setting in a couple of hours, behind the hill
to the West.