Meeting time: 1:45 am (Monday morning)
Distance est. 10 miles
Elevation gain est. 2500 feet.
The plan is to Hike up under the Full Moon to Castle Peak and Basin Peak and watch the partial eclipse along the way, the shadow will cover about 1/3 third of the moon around 3am.
The first 45 minutes will be through the woods and we get a more un-interrupted view of the moon once we reach castle pass.
From Basin Peak we should have a fairly easy descend to the Pct in the valley, we follow the pct past peter grub hut, I do consider to return via Andesite Peak (should be a use trail)
the "**use trail"*** up to Castle Peak will be steep at times,
some muddy trail sections could be possible
snow, we may run into some patches,
CHILLY NIGHT possible, make sure to bring WARM HAT, GLOVES etc. if you get cold easy.
some slippery trail sections, (I think mostly on the way up)
This is NO BEGINNER HIKE,
the trailhead is about 2 hrs 20 min from Walnut Creek.
bring a head lamp
Hiking poles if you use them
water, food, etc.
You should have done hikes in the mountains before, there will be some off trail / use trails, those are not your maintained bay area trails, the trails can be steep, slippery, rocky....
please review, no need to print I will bring a sign in sheet
Take exit 176, for boreal, and you should see a sign for the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) before the exit as well, after going down the exit turn left, under the freeway, and go straight, the road should turn right (once you get past the exit / freeway entrance) going up the hill into the forest, it may be unpaved, go up that road and it will turn left, we will try to park just after that left turn, there should be room I parked there before.
call me if any problems I will send my phone number to all on the yes list the day before.
I assume the road to castle pass will be open, if not we park on the other side of the freeway towards the parking lot for the PCT