Long Ridge Open Space Preserve
San Mateo County, California

Hike: Peters Creek Trail

Sunday, August 28, 2011

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On Sunday August 28, 2011, my friend took me hiking at Long Ridge Open Space Preserve. We came here three years ago on August 31, 2008 and hiked on the hot Hickory Oaks Trail before cooling off at the Ranch Spring Trail. The hike today along Peters Creek was cooler and more refreshing. Our two and half hours hike started at Skyline Boulevard across Grizzly Flat Trail of Upper Stevens Creek County Park. Near the first wooden bridge, a large deer appeared behind four Bay Trees. I waited for it to walk in the clearing for a better photo, but it just vanished! Going southward, Peters Creek Trail ended at the scenic Jikoji Zen Pond when we headed back. While crossing Skyline Boulevard a hawk flew overhead, the only one seen on today's hike. After crossing the highway, the hawk circled back to let me take a few more photos. Here are 76 photos of the hike celebrating my mentor Johann Wolfgang Goethe's 262nd birthday today.

Grizzly Flat "Medusa Tree"

Peters Creek Trail

"Tuning Fork" Tree

"Leaning Tower" Trees

Upper Stevens Creek Park Board

Long Ridge Trail Sign

Long Ridge Open Space Board

Hairy Grass Hill

Dead "Y-Tree" Ahead

Peters Creek Trail Bend

Wooden Bridge

Deer Disappeared Behind Trees

Water in Peters Creek

Trail to Douglas Firs

Trail to Two Tall Trees

Wooden Bridge on Trail

Large Rocks by the Trail

Fallen Trunk on Trail

Peters Creek Trail Sign

Ferns in Peters Creek

Giant Rock by the Trail

Large Rock by the Trail

Clarkia amoena (Farewell to Spring)

Rocks and Bay Trees

Peters Creek Trail

Bay Tree to the Sky

Star Thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa)

Open Hills

Leaning Trees on Trail

Field of Sweet Peas

"Y-Trees" on Trail

Giant Bay Tree

Another Bay Tree

Bent Tree on the Trail

Hill and Vineyard

Round Hill

Sweet Pea Flowers (Lathyrus odoratus)

Bee and Sweet Peas

Bee on Sweet Peas

Star Thistles

Sun Reflection in Creek

"Y-Tree" on Trail

Rocks in Ravine

"Tree Gate" on Trail

Dead California Live Oak

Creek Reflections of Sun & Trees

Jikoji Zen Center Pond

Jikoji Zen Pond

Jikoji Zen Pond (Bridge View)

Dragonfly on Top

Zen Pond Bridge (Closeup)

Dragonfly Closeup

Jikoji Zen Center Sign

Jikoji Zen Pond

Jikoji Zen Pond

End of Peters Creek Trail

Craggy Trees on Trail

Roots of Bay Tree

Leaning Trees on Trail

Bent Tree on Trail

Row of Douglas Firs

Leaves of Madrone Tree

Fallen Trunk on Trail

Fallen Trees by Trail

Peters Creek Trail Sign

Creek Reflections

Sculpturesque Tree

Wooden Bridge

Tree Reflections in Peters Creek

Landscape Trees

Hawk Soars over Skyline Boulevard

Hawk over Skyline Boulevard

Hawk Soars over Trees

Hawk Soars Eastward

Hawk Soars Eastward

Hawk over Grizzly Flat

— Photographs by Peter Y. Chou, August 28, 2011

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