Hiking Baltimore Canyon & Cascade Canyon

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where non intrudes,
By the deep sea,
And music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
–Lord Byron

Went hiking the past Sunday, in Marin county. We combined two small hikes into one: Baltimore Canyon and Cascade Canyon. Redwoods of Baltimore Canyon came upon us so suddenly that all of us were surprised by the prettiness materialized in front of us. Both hike trails start in mountainous residential neighborhood. People who lived there, with their spacious wooden cabins, skylight dotted roofs, large windows opened to the trees, earned many envious remarks from us.

The winter forest was damp and a bit chilly. The light was magically streaming down the tall redwoods. The merry songs of the creek followed us every step along the way. The lush ferns were happy and healthy. Mushrooms numerous.

We encountered many runners, all kinds of dogs and their well-dressed owners. ¡°The Expensive People.¡± I remarked. Gui laughed. Baltimore Canyon was slightly prettier than Cascade Canyon. But the Cascade Fall is more impressive than the Dawn Fall at the end of Baltimore Canyon trail.

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