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    1 year, 5 months ago
    After a few days since the last rains, and higher than normal temperatures, the trails are just about dried out. No wildflowers are seen yet along this trail. Climbing the trails to the Priest Rock junction and then many up and down slopes to the Lime Kiln junction. A very good workout hike.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    I've hiked this trail four times so far, the latest time in January 2019. This time I arrived at the parking lot at 9:20 a.m. and there were already quite a few cars, about half full. I think it must be pretty busy on a weekend day, especially with good weather. There had been heavy rain two days earlier, with lighter rain the day before, and the trail was in great shape. There were a few spots where water was still draining across the path, but only one area that could be considered muddy, and it was easy to step carefully around it. The path, being new, is a uniform width with room for two people to walk side-by-side. The incline is fairly steady until the stairs at the top and pretty easy for anyone in decent shape. There's a lot of shade along the way, with oak, bay, and madrone trees lining the paths. The park recently released a phone app (get to it from the [park website](https://www.openspace.org/mount-umunhum-sierra-azul)) which has information about the site. The app is designed to be used at the summit, but I listened to it on the way down—either way, I'd recommend it (did you know the Radar antenna rotated every 12 seconds and resulted in an audible beep on radios and TVs in the Valleywhen it was pointed in that direction?) The final segment ​to the summit was closed due to work being done on the tower at the top. The trail is routed through a picnic/interpretive exhibit area, then through the upper parking lot, then to the stairs to the summit. Round trip was just over 2 hours (walking at a pretty good pace) and I had the summit all to myself. An interesting tidbit for this particular day: there was a man in the summit parking lot creating huge bubbles—it was quite a show, especially when the bubbles caught a breeze and sailed up into the sky!
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    1 year, 6 months ago
    A few good vistas, nice oak grove about half way up. Difficult hike, constant uphill grade
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    1 year, 8 months ago
    I hiked this at the end of summer. Started out at 7:30 a.m. on a 50ºF morning but there was a warm breeze flowing downhill that made things more comfortable getting started. The walk along the Woods Trail is an easy stretch on a well-maintained, mostly wooded, service road. There's a pretty steep hill when turning on Barlow Road, but it's not that long and once you reach the new Mt. Umunhum Trail the rest of the hike is fairly gently sloped. The entire trip is on easy to hike trails, a little dusty late in the season, primarily tree-covered with occasional views of the valley. Lots of coyote scat on the trail, a few deer in the woods, and while I've seen a bobcat in the past on Barlow Road, there wasn't much wildlife this time. Great view from the summit—as usual—although the air quailty wasn't great for distances and there was a landscaping crew watering plants using an annoying compressor for their hose. My phone tracked 16.8 miles and 2,573' ascent.
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