Today was our first official TikeHike. We set off for Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills. My original plan was a 3.5 mile loop on the Sunset Trail and Bay View trail. But we had a little trouble finding the Sunset trail from the parking area and ended up going over some terrain that was a little steep for a toddler and a stroller, and I decided that plan had been too ambitious. So we just meandered up and down the Sunset trail for two miles.
The park was great for the dogs. Most of the other hikers had dogs too, and the trails wide enough that they weren't getting in anyone's way. There was good hiking for my 15 month old for a lot of the nice flat Sunset trail, but Calliope she was drawn to the sharp drop off. Adlai made it about a mile over a decent sized hill before he just wanted to ride in the stroller.
There was a fair bit of poison oak alongside the trail, but I think we avoided it. I brought our single BOB Revolution Stroller, and our lenny lamb carrier. We had to carry both kids for about a mile. The stroller worked well on the terrain, but the double stroller would have been too wide. It's hard for Calliope to snack in the carrier though, and she got a bit grumpy. I think I'll try the Osprey backpack next week.
The best part of the hike was when we stopped at the end to walk on some logs and climb through an amazing redwood tree. It's important with the little ones to have a good balance of outdoor play and actual hiking on our trips.
The dogs and daddy aren't bad either!
Those are some very cute babies. Too bad there is no way to @dan.