There are magnificent views of the Ohlone Regional Wilderness from the Cerro Este Road.
Shortly after leaving the Cerro Este Road, we made a descent on the McCorkle Trail into a grove of California Oaks. The McCorkle trail has diverse ecosystems for a hiker to enjoy. After the descent, we climb out of the oaks and up into an area of low growth scrubs with views of the diversity of the surrounding area.
Slowly, we made our descent back to the car along the McCorckle trail. As we headed back, we enjoyed the beauty of Flag Hill, the next day's climb.
|McCorckle Trail foreground and Flag Hill center background.|
Second day was just as cold and clear as the first day's hike, but the hike was longer due to the footbridge not being accessible due to repair work. We made the climb up McCorckle Trail and took Canyon View trail over to Flag Hill trail. This added 1.31 mile onto the start of the trip. Slowly we made the ascend on Flag Hill trail. Once at the top, we rested on a bench (one of many situated nicely in the park). While eating lunch, we enjoyed the spectacular views.
|Looking in direction of Ohlone Wilderness.|
|Looking in the direction of Maguire Peaks.|
|The barn at High Valley Camp.|
|Cactus in front of oaks.|
Total miles covered the second day are 6.04.