San Bruno Mountain Park is now open from 8 to 8, summer hours. Today on the well-traveled Old Guadalupe Trail, just about to descend to the Bog Trail, right in front of me strolled a male pheasant. He was smaller than the guy who pecked and chased me during two different Bog visits a few months ago. He ignored me, proceeding across the trail and up the slope. Glad to see they haven't moved out of the area. The larger bird may be this one's dad.
The wildflowers come in yellow, gold, red, orange, lavender, white, and purple on the velvety green mountain. Did the Bog (both ways) and Old Ranch Road Trail (up 'n back). The Meadow's now beautifully blanketed with tall grasses and little white daisies. Some family outings noticed today, some sporting walking sticks and trekking poles. On the Old Ranch Road found a sturdy wood branch to use as my own walking stick; left it at the trailhead sign when exiting the park at Crocker.
While at the vehicles-barred gate at the end of the Old Ranch Road (at Carter, a sign directing to the Cow Palace here), saw someone walking along on the other side of the street. So it may be safe for pedestrians here, but even though you can exit the park via this trail, why walk at the side of a highway when you can stay in the park. Saw a bunch of bulldozers down below near the homes. Looks like developers on the rampage.
On the way back on the part of the Bog with the benches, noticed the center part of the midtrail footbridge's railing has collapsed.