I started my hike at 8:15 am as the morning fog cleared off and the sun came out.
The wildflowers were starting to come out in Henry Coe.
Henry Coe Oak
I interrupted their breakfast, but they didn't seem to mind.
The tree and picnic table at the intersection of the road down to Poverty Flat
Starting down to Poverty Flat.
I remember hiking up this road when I was a beginner hiker and in not very good hiking shape. It was miserable and was the reason I chose to take the loop in this direction, so I could go DOWN!
Woodland Shooting Star
Me in Poverty Flat.
I took a brief snack break here - many miles to go!
Climbing out of Poverty Flat
Knarled tree near the Jackass trail turnoff
Jackass trail - it's nice to get off of road.
Lupines and Coe views
Henry Coe trails are a lot of up and down over ridges, a couple of which can be seen in this photo.
Up and down, up and down
Me on Mt Sizer
Mt Sizer isn't very impressive, but it is the high point in the park!
Lupines on Mt Sizer
Views from Mt Sizer
Summit register (missing on return visit in 2010)
Roller coaster along the ridge.
Down the 'shortcut'
Looking back at Mt Sizer
Steeply down the shortcut - often referred to as the steepest trail in the bay area.
I still have to go up and over that ridge too.
I can see the road I'll climb out of Coyote Creek
At least I have some nice wildflowers along the way.
Coyote Creek at the bottom
Why did the turkey cross the road?
Looking back at the shortcut.
The hike to Mt Sizer isn't short, no matter which way you approach it. I took a *slightly* longer way around by making the loop through Poverty Flat. 17 miles with 6000 ft of up and down and the GPS track to prove it! Ouch!