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Because I'm GOOCD (Goal-Oriented OCD) I needed a summit to target, which in fact is what brought us to Morgan Territory. While there are no summits with 300ft of prominence inside the park, there are several just outside, Peak 2,139ft being one of them. Located at the north end of the park, the area sees little human traffic both inside and outside the park boundary. Cows were happily grazing on both sides, not much minding our presence as we rode by. The only way one knows you're leaving the park is that the gates are now padlocked. We lifted the bikes over the first locked gate, but upon reaching a second one we parked them and walked the remaining few hundred yards to the summit. There is a VABM located near the summit about 50yds to the south of the highpoint. I found one of the reference marks but was unable to locate the benchmark under all the tall grass after a cursory search. The summit offers views stretching east to the San Joaquin River Delta west of Stockton and the two main summits of Mt. Diablo rising high to the northwest. In other directions were more gentle, green hills with happy cows chowing down contentedly.
We returned to the park before enjoying a picnic lunch I had brought in my backpack to celebrate Don's retirement. A little wine, some cheese, fruit and chocolate - a very nice way to appreciate not working...
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