Back in Rocklin by noon, I looked online to see if there were any nearby hills I could reach without driving. The nearest was Telegraph Hill, about six miles away, with the distinction of being the lowest named summit in Placer County. It makes a small island in the vast suburban sprawl that plagues the Sacramento area, though it too is slated for eventual development that will pave over its entirety. The housing bust in 2008 brought a temporary halt to the work on the hill, but it is obvious that its days are numbered.
One can drive to within a quarter mile of the summit from the west via Whitney Ranch Rd, though doing so would have made the outing even lower. To keep it more sporting, I chose to run from where we stayed in the Howard Johnson's near I-80. It took me more than an hour to cover the distance over a series of circuitously connected roads that meander through the suburbs, the weather decidedly cold and windy with threatening clouds overhead. I reached the grassy summit just as it was starting to rain. I barely had time to stop and needed to keep moving to ward off hypothermia. The summit was hardly remarkable. Several large bulldozers lie by the side of a dirt road that was graded across the hilltop but not yet paved. The views were unremarkable primarily due to poor visibility. The only tree on the hilltop was a poorly disguised antenna tower, one that was supposed to look something like a pine tree but instead appeared wan and lifeless. I was lucky that the rain never developed beyond a light drizzle and didn't last more than about half an hour, leaving me mostly dry by the time I got back. At least it was better than sitting in a motel room all afternoon...
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