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Tilden Regional Park

Tilden Regional Park

It seems that about once a year I get a crazy idea to climb a mountain. It usually is spontaneous like when Bart and I went climbed Moro Rock last year. Sometimes it is planned like when my daughter and I put a geocache at the top of the museum trail in Palm Springs in May of 2001. Recently it was at Tilden Regional Park.

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This is the night time view of Palm Springs from the geocache my daughter and I planted in 2001.

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The view of the world from Moro Rock.Sequoia National Park

This photo is also from Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park.

Tilden Regional Park is part of the East Bay Regional Park District. This park covers 2,079 acres.

** I want to mention the various picnic areas have restrooms. We used the one located at Padre on South Park Drive. It was immaculately clean. The floors were dry and free of any debris. There were seat liners, toilet paper, soap, etc. Not what we expected for the location. You might think no one else had been there, but others were coming and going. Great Job on the restrooms! **

This adventure began by looking for somewhere dog friendly to take Bebita off leash to play. We thought we were going to find a cool dog park with a view. It wasn’t what we thought, it was even better.

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When we got to the parking lot for Big Stream Trail, we looked over the map. Using past knowledge from running cross country in high school, I know going up when you are tired is horrid. That being said, we took Upper Big Stream Trail because you return going down hill whereas Lower Big Stream Trail has you coming up at the end when you are returning to your car.

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When you hit the trails, there are signs telling you when your dog can be off leash and when they cannot. Pay attention to the signs they are there for a reason. You will also find doggy clean up bags at the parking area. I always have some with me on my leash. If you don’t have some, they take away any excuse to not clean up after your dog.

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Bart seems to love getting a photo of me at the point I want to quit. I never do quit. I know I can climb over the mountain. I think it is also symbolic to life in general, I can get over the mountains that are in front of me. I think it probably amazes people every time I do it .

When I was 16 and 110-125 lbs people probably didn’t think twice when I would hike 10 miles form La Qunta to Palm Desert or when I would run 14 miles or bike 20 miles round trip from La Quinta to Indio.

I am 45 years old, 4’11” and vary between 215 and 285 lbs. Right now I am about 250. A lot of people think that overweight people can’t do the same things as them. I think it is just an excuse. God gave me two feet for a reason, to use them!

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The photo below is what I was looking at about half way up the trail.

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And this was the view looking down at where we climbed up from. Towards the middle of the photo are 3 bunches of trees, you can see the trail run between them.

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When we got to the top of Upper Big Stream Trail, I was expecting a waterfall. I later learned it is in the botanical garden that is not dog friendly. I will have to come back without Bebita to see it.

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We found a fork in the road. We were now at Seaview Trail.  I wasn’t sure if I should go left or right. Luckily a couple was approaching from behind us. After a short conversation, we decided to go left. We were told at the top of the ridge we would see an incredible view.

tilden regional park These flowers are known as California Poppys.

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As a child, I referred to these trees as paper trees. They are Birch trees. The bark peels and looks like strips of paper.

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On our way up to the peak, we saw Lake Anza below. It looks huge
tilden regional park This was one of our first views of the San Francisco Bay when we reached to the top of Seaview Trail.

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This photo shows the Bay Bridge entering San Francisco. It was neat to see from this perspective.

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Standing at the right spot, you can see the bay bridge on the left and the Golden Gate Bridge on the right.

We talked about how many times we sat at Twin Peaks or Coit Tower looking across the bay and never knowing what was there.

I think one of the most amazing concepts for me was that there was an incredible forest in the East Bay. You don’t see it when you are driving by.

When you are driving the roads in the park, you can not see the trails that are just feet away from you. As you are hiking you can hear the cars nearby but you never see them.

I can’t wait to go back and explore more areas!