When you start, after you pass some initial cover, you get a view of the bay.
The trail quickly becomes more exposed.
This is middle of the summer so it was quite hot. The trail at this point is mostly dry dirt and loose gravel.
At 0.14m you hit your first intersection. We chose to stay on Escalon Fire Road. Straight ahead!
After slight incline, the next intersection is at the water pump station. Heading straight (passing the station on your right) takes you to Lower Summit Fire Road.
Continue ever so slightly uphill...
And then all of a sudden the trees appear, creating a great cool cover. The ground also becomes softer.
I'm much happier in the shade 😎
I always have to explore slightly off trail...
That magical forest light.
Walking on the edge.
Make sure to stop and smell the...plants.
This marks the end of Lower Summit Fire Road.
Even though there's no one else in our pictures, we passed a handful of friendly people, with and without dogs, and a few mountain bikers.
At the same intersection with the water pump station, on the right hand side are two additional trails. The one going uphill is Octopus Trail.
From Octopus Trail > Camino Alto Fire Road > Escalon Fire Road it's pretty much back to the same exposed, dry packed dirt. But it is going downhill, so that helps make me move faster.