Stile Ranch Trail, June 3, 2008
are pictures of the Mine and Stile Ranch Trails, starting from the
upper Bernal Road parking lot, going down the short section of the Mine
Trail to reach the start of the Stile Ranch Trail. They follow the
Stile Ranch trail to the west side of the second valley. These pictures
show the condition of the trails on June 3, 2008.
Start of the Mine Trail below the
free parking lot on Bernal Road
The Mine Trail heading downhill
Turkeys on the hill above the Mine
Teasels and thistles by the Mine
The dried and cracked surface of the
Mine Trail leading to the start of
the Stile Ranch Trail
The Stile Ranch Trail leading to the
The first bridge on the Stile Ranch
Teasels in the gully by the first bridge.
The Stile Ranch Trail leading up the
The Stile Ranch Trail passing through
the IBM property fence. From here
on, the Stile Ranch trail is on an easement provided by IBM.
Near the top of the hill, the Stile
Ranch Trail becomes narrower and
At the top of the first hill, the
trail is very rocky.
Looking down from the top of the
first hill into the "Valley of the
Z's," with the Z-shaped switchbacks.
Hikers heading down the rocky
Z-shaped switchbacks on the east side of
Hikers heading down to the bottom of
the valley and the second trail
The rocky trail near the bottom of
the east switchbacks.
The trail bridge at the bottom of the
Hikers heading up the west
switchbacks, biker heading down.
The trail at the bottom of the west
Looking up the trail at the bottom of
the west switchbacks.
Looking up the trail in the middle
part of the west switchbacks.
Looking back down the trail in the
middle part of the west switchbacks.
Looking farther back down the trail
in the middle part of the west
Looking back down the trail from the
end of the middle part of the west
Looking up the upper part of the west
switchback. The trail becomes
Top of the switchback. The trail is very rocky from here on. This was
the turn-around point.
The pictures below are from the
Queen Anne's lace, teasels, mustard,
and thistles by the Mine Trail
Mustard and thistles by the Mine Trail
Thistles in the middle and the sides
of the Mine Trail, looking towards
Created 6/3/08 by Ronald Horii