Looking southwest. Montara Mountain in the background

A hike on the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail

4 April 2007 - 13.02 Miles

On SATURDAY, 17 MARCH 2007, I joined a group of 13 people in an attempt to hike the length of the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Unfortunately, due to poor judgement, the hiking group made a wrong turn and we headed south on an incorrect trail. Eventually we had to turn back, and return to the starting point of the hike. The hike is normally done as a point-to-point, north to south, 13 mile traverse along the entire Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail.

I decided to attempt the hike again; this time on Wednesday, 4 April 2007. This hike has a slightly different route as compared to the 17 March attempt. The 4 April hike started at Skyline College which is the northern terminus of the Sweeney Ridge Trail. The 17 March attempt started a little further southeast, at the western end of Sneath Avenue in San Bruno.

On Wednesday, 4 April, six people met at the site of the old Skyline Quarry, the finishing location of the hike. We then carpooled north to Skyline College, the starting point of the hike. Bob Walker was the volunteer leader of this hike, and he did an excellent job. 5 hours and 30 minutes after we left Skyline College in San Bruno at 10:15 a.m., he led us back to the old Skyline Quarry in San Mateo, 13.02 miles south of Skyline College. As the trail wended its way through this pristine and lovely watershed, we accumulated approximately 1,750 feet of vertical gain.

UPDATE: GO HERE to see the maps and pictures from the 17 March 2007 attempt

See the Google-Earth map below, for an illustrated comparsion of both hiking routes.

Photographs taken with a Canon SD-700is camera on 4 April 2007 by Neil Mishalov

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Google Earth satellite/aerial photo map of the area with two GPS tracked routes, of two different hikes, superimposed on the satellite/aerial image. The 17 March 2007 route shown in yellow was an unsuccessful attempt. The 4 April 2007 route shown in red was the successfully completed hike. This is a view looking west-northwest.

Hiking data gathered with a Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS Receiver.

GPS data converter for Macintosh OSX by Load-My-Tracks.

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This photo was taken from the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Sweeney Ridge is visible, as is MOUNT DIABLO located about 35 miles east of this location. Six separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Looking southwest. Montara Mountain is in the distance, the Pacific Ocean is visible on the right side of the panoramic photo. Nine separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Looking southwest. Montara Mountain is in the distance. Nine separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Beautiful terrain. Nine separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Montara Mountain, the Pacific Ocean and a view of Pacifica. Fourteen separate digital photographs were "stitched together" to produce this panoramic image.

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Topographic depiction of the 4 April 2007 hiking route. GPS tracked route of the hike superimposed on the map. Hike data gathered with a Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS receiver. Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by National Geograghic.



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The hiking group about a mile into the hike. Ed, Alice, Jim, Bob and Bob Bob Walker was the leader of this 13 mile ramble. Bob is a volunteer who has been leading hikes on this trail since the trail was opened to the public in 2003. He has led more than 30 tours of the watershed land. Thanks to Bob and the other volunteers for giving the general population of the Bay Area a chance to see this pristine landscape. MONTARA MOUNTAIN from the north. Note the two large cranes in the middle right of the photo. They are being used in the construction of a bridge that will lead to the northern terminus of the DEVIL'S SLIDE TUNNEL, which is currently under construction
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San Andreas Lake from the southwest. San Bruno Mountain is in the immediate background. Visible are South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae Wild Iris
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North of the Fifield-Cahill Trail, and across from the Golden Gate straits of San Francisco, is Marin County. Lovely MOUNT TAMALPAIS stands tall in southern Marin County East of the trail location, and across San Francisco Bay, is majestic MOUNT DIABLO. She stands alone in Contra Costa County MONTARA MOUNTAIN rises out of the Pacific Ocean along the shoreline of San Mateo County. This view is looking southwest
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Heading down the trail. The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge is visible. The total length of the bridge portion is 7 miles. The causeway portion of the bridgeway is 5.1 miles for a total length of 13.1 miles. This is a view of a small part of Pilarcitos Reservoir, the construction of which was completed in 1866. San Francisco Water Department has severely restricted the general population access to the land; in the last 75 years very few people have seen this reservoir. The watershed land is under constant surveillance and maintenance by the friendly and helpful water department employees
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The southern terminus of the 13.02 mile hike is the site of the old Skyline Quarry, off Highway 92, near Crystal Springs Reservoir. I believe that rock removed from this quarry was used in the construction of the 4 damheads located within a 2 mile radius of this old quarry This plaque, located at the rock quarry, commemorates the 21 August 2003 opening of the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail for supervised public access



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This page created on 7 April 2007. All photographs copyright 2007 by NEIL MISHALOV