Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Barnabe Mountain: The Evil that Lurks in Samuel P. Taylor
In the process of failing to find the Devil's Gulch fire road in Samuel P. Taylor Park, I came across a fire road and figured, "what the heck."
What turned out to be a 1455 climb to an old fire lookout and views from a perspective you can't get from a car.
A nightmare to climb--or push a bike up--but the backside is 1400 foot plus drop down in the Madrone camp area. Or you can connect up to Devil's Gulch and--I think--go all the way to Nicasio reservoir.
It's like a recurrent nightmare of trying to ride up a Mobius strip--every time you come around the bend you run into another one of these:
But once you get to the top . . . .
It's literally all downhill from there: