Lime Ridge Open Space

When I got to the trailhead for this hike, I found myself looking up at a hill covered in fog.  I thought it might be a bad day for pictures, but I decided to hike anyway.  Well, it turned out to be a great day for taking pictures, and a wonderful hike to take.

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Trails Taken

Start out at the trailhead on the Ohlone trail

Stay right as you climb the hill and take the Paraiso trail east

At the intersection with the Lime Ridge trail, take a left (north)

Stay on the Lime Ridge trail to Manzanita, then left on Manzanita trail (west)

Follow Manzanita until the intersection with Ohlone, then go left (south) on Ohlone

Follow Ohlone back to the trailhead


Mileage - 3.3 miles

Trailhead - Off Valley Vista road, in Walnut Creek, right across the street from Boundary Oaks golf course.  No toilets or water.  

Notes and Impressions - This is a quiet and senic hike, offering nice climbs, beautiful vistas and quite a lot of bird activity.  I was buzzed by hummingbirds and watched warily by a beautiful Kite, hoovering to hunt as I passed it by.  That was a really neat sight to see.  The Valley Oaks that dot the hills are classic, twisted specimens that look great even without leaves.  You'll be able to see the big quarry and the little suburban neighborhood that sits below it.  Nice, moderate hike. 

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