South Twin Peaks 3x P300 CC / NN
North Twin Peaks 2x

Tue, Sep 22, 2020
South Twin Peaks
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South Twin Peaks previously climbed Mon, Mar 17, 2014
North Twin Peaks previously climbed Sat, Sep 4, 2010

Fires continued to close down much of the public lands in California, though the air quality in the Bay Area had improved greatly over the past three days. My last outing of any consequence was almost three weeks earlier, probably the longest stretch of non-summiting I've done in a decade. I was getting antsy and needed to do something. While poking around on the PB app, I noticed that there were something like three dozen red dots in San Francisco, "summits" I had yet to visit. I'd already done the ones found on LoJ, but PB with its user-contributed silliness, showed much more work for me to do. Normally I would just ignore these and get on with climbing more meaningful points, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I decided to take advantage of the newly-opened BART station in San Jose and take my bike up to the City and basically ride around until I got tired. I managed 17 of these red dots plus a couple of points I'd already done around Twin Peaks since I was so close. I'm not going to put any of these new summits in my database since it would look pretty pathetic, but for the curious I've added my GPX tract on PB so you can view it there. While most of these are in dense urban developments where the highpoint is on private property, probably a third are found in local parks, some with decent views. There is also "Mint Hill", found inside the heavily fortified US Mint. I went to the highpoints where I could, but didn't bother trespassing anywhere. I've found riding a bike around San Francisco is far, far more enjoyable than driving a car - in fact, I actually loathe driving in The City because parking is so ridiculous. I probably shouldn't have started as early as I did because fog hung around the highest points for the first few hours, leaving poor views. It was blue skies before noon and even a bit warm. All in all, a fine way to spend the day...


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