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I started from the parking lot for the Crystal Springs Golf Course, following a series of roads through the course down to the NW end of the lower reservoir. As is often the case, fog enshrouded much of the area this morning, lifting some as the hours passed, but never providing for very good views. I went over a gate at the edge of the bike path and down across the end of the reservoir (interestingly, the reservoirs lie in the San Andreas Rift Zone, a fairly straight stretch which gives a pretty good impression of this fascinating geologic formation), past a work yard (quiet on a Saturday, and from the looks of it, most days), and up the road leading to Sawyer Ridge. This road is located along the path of a water tunnel going under Sawyer Ridge, providing access for servicing the tunnels. The road meets the ridge at a junction and it was simply a matter of following the NW branch along the ridge for a couple miles to the highpoint of the ridge. The top is hardly obvious as it is wide and flat and has no clear highpoint. Without marking it on the GPSr, I'd have had trouble locating the correct bump along the ridge. Unfortunately the top does not provide for very good views (even without the fog), but there are some decent views found at various points along the route to it. I was back after about a few hour's effort, really just a leg-stretcher. I had hoped to make a second hike in the Montara Mtn area, but an accident had traffic to Half Moon Bay backed up to the interstate. No thanks, I'd wait for a less-trafficky day to visit...
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