It's a gorgeous morning as I climb out of Del Valle Reservoir.
Yay, the flowers are out!
I'm on my way up the first ridge. A 1500 ft climb in ~2 miles.
A small descent mid-climb looks like nothing, but it will be annoying when I return at the end of the day.
Fields of wildflowers, yay!
As I climb higher I get a good look at the low Del Valle reservoir.
Looking back the way I came - Mt Diablo in the distance.
At the top of the first climb. 1500 down, 3500 to go.
It's nice to see the hills green, finally. It's beautiful after the rain we had this week.
The demoralizing descent into Williams Gulch. It's only about 500 ft, but on the return trip it's not fun.
A brief break from the sun down in the Gulch.
There is a little water down here, but not as much as there should be.
As I climb out of the Gulch, I get a view back on the ridge I just came over. I'll have to go back over it on my way out.
Baby Blue Eyes
I don't head straight to Murietta Falls - instead I take a left and loop over to a high point before heading back down to the falls.
Love the old snarls up here.
At the top of the second ridge. I love the rolling green ridgelines in the east bay.
Turtle pond at the top.
Fields of wildflowers
Back near Stewart Camp
Yellow flowered hillside
It's a perfect day!
I've reached the top of Murietta Falls. Time to scramble down and see if there's any water this year.
At the top - not so much.
At the bottom of the falls. There's water, but not a lot.
I scrambled up the steep hillside and caught the road to make my loop.
At the top of murietta.
Bird's Eye Gilia, one of my favorite spring flowers.
Back at the turtle pond, I've connected the loop and now it's time to head back. It's about noon and I'm 12 miles in.
At the top of the big ridge before heading down into the gulch - and what is that I see now? A band of white in the distance?
Zoomed and with polarizing filter. It's a snowy sierra!