Returning to Corte Madera Peak

The hike to Corte Madera Peak remains one of my favorites in San Diego County. This time I brought my friend Tracy, who had never done this hike before – it was the fourth time for me. I’m choosing this blog post for the 100 Peaks archive because the color photos are probably more comprehensive for others who want to do this hike, as opposed to the gloomy black & whites from the first time I hiked it. :-)

The vegetation is a somewhat unusual mix of Chaparral and Coulter Pines here, and the landscape is dotted with massive granitic boulders. It’s really different, and beautiful, so it’s probably not the last time I did this hike either.

It was an overcast day and I didn’t think much of the photos initially, but the longer I looked at them, the more I began to like the color combination. Subtle, calm and serene, it matches the peaceful feeling that this landscape instills in me. The granitic boulders deserve some photographic attention too, of course. Their textures, colors and patterns are very interesting to look at.

On our way back, the sun shone onto the landscape from under the clouds, it was like a giant flashlight casting bright and warm light onto the landscape. Unfortunately we were not in a great spot to make photos of it. In hindsight, we probably should have stayed up at the peak until sunset – as it was though, we already had to hike back the last part in darkness.

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