We headed out on Brushy Peak Loop trail that starts off by the pond that is now all dried up because of the severe drought.
Ming and Meeks with the dried up pond on the left of the photo. The hills are so brown. As we make the gradual climb we start to see man-made trees on the right of us and...
trees to the left of us. We pass this grove of eucalyptus on our left as we make a steep ascend up that hill. The trail is on the other side of the grove, which is difficult to see from this view.
We make it over that hill and take a slight descent before climbing Brushy Peak. Some nice runner saw me taking a picture of Ming and volunteered to take a picture of us.
We start the climb, and I turn to take a peek back.
As we climb higher, we are rewarded with a view of Livermore and beyond. It's truly brown and barren here. Only the oaks and the ground squirrels seem to be thriving in this drought.
Quickly the terrain changes, and we are hiking between rocks and oaks.
I'm enjoying the diversity of this trail. There are some huge boulders that will make a nice place for a picnic on a future hike that we plan to do. We continue along the Brushy Loop trail making our descent.
At the junction of Brushy Peak Loop and West Side Loop, we take the trail to the left of the map and make our last ascent for the day. As we climb this hill we look back on the descent we made on the Brushy Peak Trail.
Shortly after reaching the top of the hill we see the parking lot.
One lonely plant showing off her beauty to the traveler that passes by.
Total miles hiked: 4.40.