Crossed the Meadow to the east trailhead for the Saddle Trail. Today was (no surprise: typical August weather up here) blowing fog with wind so strong I could barely stand, much less take decent new photos. Fourth pic: a view from the Saddle Trail down to the Old Ranch Road Trail.
The next three are also of and from the Saddle Trail.
A good-sized snake with beautiful brown-on-beige coloring crossed in front of me about midtrail on the Saddle Loop. "Oh, hello. May I take your picture?" I asked (being alone on the trail at the time), bending over to see where he/she went. Though the grass was dry and short here, any trace of snake was gone in an instant. Amazing how they can just instantly disappear. Or I've just got these slow reflexes.
The closest-to-the-park #43 bus stop is at Curtis & Prague next to the short stairway (foot at Curtis, last pic) that takes me to Winding Way to begin my long uphill trek to the park's Crocker trailhead from the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood. These stairs curve along the side of a house and today passed by an appalling mess of paper and junk strewn about alongside.