Peters Creek Trail – still there and not much changed

 Nice day on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near Hickory Oaks Trail.


Nice day on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near Hickory Oaks Trail.


I haven’t ridden Peters Creek Trail single-track in Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for about a million years, so today was as good a day as any to see what it’s like.

Starting at Grizzly Flat the trail descends on a hillside over some rocky sections and then smooths out entering the trees. It’s part old road and part single-track for a mile or so before reaching Two Moon (Green Scum) Lake and Jikoji Zen Center. Having ridden here since the mid-1980s, I can say the trail/road is in about the same shape I remember it. There is ongoing trail maintenance.

We saw a gaggle of hikers and some cyclists, and everything was Kumbaya. Most cyclists in this area know there are hikers, the trail is not steep, so they are well behaved.

I’m not sure what was going on with the air quality, but it smelled and looked like a forest fire had turned the air smoky. I think it was the inversion combined with people using their fireplaces.

Speaking of fires, residents in the mountains from Pescadero to Half Moon Bay area may feel they’ve been burned when they find out they’re going to have to pay fire protection of $150 a year per building on their property, according to the Half Moon Bay Review. The State of California says it needs to make up a Calfire shortfall somehow.

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3 Responses to “Peters Creek Trail – still there and not much changed”

  1. Bryan Wilson Says:

    I think today’s and yesterday’s smokiness was due to a controlled burn in Big Basin: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/south_bay&id=9320093.

    Thanks for the series of interesting posts about MROSD and the various old road in the area.

  2. Steve Williams Says:

    The smoke may have been from the fire at a scrap yard in the Port of Redwood City, reported at 1:20 pm Sunday.

  3. Chris Harland-Dunaway Says:

    Yeah I’m pretty sure the smoke in the mountains was from the prescribed burn in Big Basin. Some buddies and I were riding Gazos Creek when we almost rode directly into it! Big column of smoke rising.

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