I got up before sunrise and went on a standard 8 mile loop that I’ve done many times before. It’s not so beautiful, but it’s a good climb up and keeps things working when short of time.
The trail rises above Silicon Valley. Here you can see the new Apple campus, which is the huge circle, and the high rises of the center of San Jose. At the top of the hill is the Lick Observatory, which was built in 1888 and is 4205 feet above sea level. That’s close to the height of the highest point in the British Isles.
There was a kite hovering ahead.
And dozens of wild turkeys.
A pig on a farm, sleeping hard and snoring.
And many deer who are quite used to sharing the slopes with humans.
A short hike on a low-appeal trail, but with lots to see.