Brushy Peak Preserve Hike

Brushy Peak is a 1,702-foot landmark at the juncture of the San Francisco Bay Area, the California Delta, and the Central Valley. The peak and its environs have been recognized as sacred by generations of native Californians. Due to its geographical position, the area lies at the center of a network of ancient trade routes that linked Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts, who were drawn to the area for economic, social, and ceremonial events. The Ssaoam triblet of the Ohlone peoples was probably the most closely linked to the Brushy Peak area, living in the surrounding dry hills and tiny valleys around the peak and nearby Altamont Pass. Ssaoam populations in the dry summer months may have dispersed and reconverged at various camps throughout the year.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve's wide variety of wildlife species is supported by a similarly broad range of plant communities, among which California annual grassland is dominant. Non-native herbaceous plants and annual grasses (ryegrass, wild oats, soft chess, etc) predominate a consequence of the land's continued cultivation in the past. Native perennial grasses (purple needlegrass, creeping wildrye, etc.) are sporadic and widely scattered; saltgrass is found in the alkali seasonal wetlands, such as in the main valley drainage within which the staging area lies. Common native wildflowers include the California buttercup, Johnny jump-up, lupine, blue-eyed grass, fiddlegrass, and many others. These and non-native wildflowers provide forage for numerous insects an important link in the food chain. The most obvious grassland wildlife species is the ground squirrel, whose burrows are inhabited by amphibians, reptiles, badgers, burrowing owls, and the San Joaquin kit fox. This is an on leash park. It's asked to keep dogs on leash to help preserve the wildlife and plants along the trails. Horses are allowed on the trails as well and some horses are frighten by dogs. However, we can see who is along the trail when we get there. If it looks dead we can let the well behaved doggies off leash if we decide. I know Mystic enjoyed the park off leash. From I-580 in Livermore, exit north at Vasco Road and immediately turn right onto Northfront Road. After about .8 miles turn left onto Laughlin Road and proceed approximately two miles to the staging area at the end of Laughlin Road. Along Laughlin, you'll approach a one car windy road. Continue on the road to the dead end. You'll pass several farms on your way in. This is a easy 3mile walk if we decide to do the whole loop. But we don't have to do the whole 3miles if we choose not to. Bring water for you and your pup. There is no water access on the trail. Don't forget those poop bags as well. To see some pictures; visit the link http://www.meetup.com/Doggy-Days/photos/18797552/ Mystic & I will be waiting for you in the parking lot. We'll stick around for 5min after the start time for any late comers.

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  • Trisha R.

    Sorry I couldn't keep up with everyone. I hope those that have never been to Brushy Peak enjoyed the views and the walk with one another.

    March 3, 2014

  • Jennifer R.

    Does anyone know how toby is doing? I was trying to find his mom on this meetup but can't find her

    March 2, 2014

  • Virginia K.

    Trisha,
    OMG - you have Tanner?! Send me your email address. I have Dakota also from CPR.

    March 1, 2014

  • Virginia K.

    Sorry, but I'm going to have to bail. Besides weather, I have a foster dog that just started babesia meds last night and I want to keep an eye on him. I would really love to do the Bushy Peak hike some other time. I hope I get the chance.

    March 1, 2014

  • Trisha R.

    Unfortunately weather calls for AM showers Saturday. The walk is at 10am. If anyone is interested in doing the walk later in the day. Let’s say 1pm, I'm willing to try it. Please let me know by message. Otherwise, the walk is canceled & will be rescheduled.

    February 28, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Ur right Gerald. It's a great trail w/water to boot. Mystic & I avoid it during weekends b/c it's crowded & she is possessive w/balls that people throw there.

      February 28, 2014

    • Jennifer R.

      I'm in for going at 1, it would be better for me anyway!

      February 28, 2014

  • Meyviline

    Will have to cancel on our end due to Onyx developing a limp :(

    February 28, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Poor Onyx...I hope he feels better soon so you two can make the next one.

      February 28, 2014

    • Meyviline

      Thank you Trisha! We will be out of commission for awhile per dr's orders.

      February 28, 2014

  • Jessica R.

    Hi Trisha I'm willing to walk at 1:00.

    February 28, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Thats great Jessica. I'll meet you there at 1pm. If for some reason it's still raining close to 1pm, please text me @[masked] that you're not coming.

      February 28, 2014

  • Steph S.

    With the rain will likely be pretty muddy. We'll see you next time!

    February 28, 2014

  • Virginia K.

    I can do a later walk.

    February 28, 2014

  • Trisha R.

    I have a request for carpool from a member:
    Kerstin Feist

    Hi, I am interested in this hike if I can carpool with someone coming from the Bay Area. I live in Albany and can meet anywhere. I will also be bringing my service dog, Kyleigh. Thanks, Kerstin - [masked]

    February 24, 2014

  • Rudy S

    Hello! This will be our first hike with this group and we're excited! But quick question: the forecast is for rain next Saturday. Is this a "rain or shine" event? Let me know!

    February 23, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Thank you for asking Rudy. Rain will cancel the walk. However, we will wait till Friday to make that decision. Weather changes every day.

      February 23, 2014

  • adriana w.

    Trisha it has been so long...I have thought about you and Mystic. Brass is fine and will be coming to this walk. We may not do the whole 3 miles. He gets pretty worn out after 2 miles. Can't wait to see you and Mystic.

    February 22, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      I'm so excited you and Brass are coming. Can't wait. My family and I recently took on a foster pitbull and I may bring him as well if I can get my brother to come along.

      February 22, 2014

  • REYMUNDO

    i hope to make the hike and meet other owners of the pit-bull family

    February 18, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      I really hope you can make it Reymundo.

      February 21, 2014

  • Jessica R.

    Hi! My pit/lab mix Bonnie Mae and I have been hoping for a day & time that works for our schedule and a location not too far from home. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    February 21, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      How funny Jessica, Mystic is a Black Lab/Pitbull mix. She's going to love playing w/Bonnie Mae. We look forward to meeting you two as well.

      February 21, 2014

  • gerald k.

    Look forward to meeting you all and a wonderful day

    February 15, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Can't wait to meet you as well.

      February 16, 2014

  • Meyviline

    Can't wait! We've been waiting for this group to meet up!

    February 14, 2014

    • Trisha R.

      Look forward to meeting you as well.

      February 16, 2014

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