Rainy Day Hike in the Redwoods & Plane Crash Site

The California drought has lessened somewhat this past week in Silicon Valley. We were at zero rain in January and our total rainfall was under 20% of normal for the season.

On Groundhog Day, “Phil” saw his shadow, the skies darkened, and 6 weeks of winter commenced. The persistent high pressure pattern finally broke and northern California started getting some very warm rain. This past sunday I went on a “rain hike” in the redwoods of San Mateo county.

A quick stop enroute for a peek at a section of the “Bay Area Ridge Trail” I had never been to:

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Ah yes! Time for a hike in the rainy, hushed silence of the redwood forest!

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The Banana Slugs welcomed the rain and were “partying like rock stars” (next to my rarely-used antique Garmin, held together with two “broccoli bands”!)

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Wet ferns on a rainy day! One of the few plants that can survive in full shade under a redwood canopy

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Wonder who is this belongs to? It would be interesting to see what they see, besides me!

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Besides enjoying the special sights and smells of rain in the redwoods, my goal was to visit some airplane wreckage. I was recently told about this by an older guy who grew up nearby. He tells me that it was an F-4 fighter jet in 1967 that crashed, with the pilot successfully ejecting. I could not find anything about it on the internet, but there it was, right where he told me!

Primarily one engine, plus some scraps, which are clearly of military origin

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“Missile launchers”! Clearly not Southwest Airlines…

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Complicated plumbing!

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This is my fourth crash site in the San Francisco / Silicon Valley area. I find crash sites interesting, as well as being a goal during my outings. The first two crash sites I have visited have been documented elsewhere on the internet and were only a few feet off marked trails. The better of the two is written-up here, in a very thorough historical manner http://www.mishalov.com/dc6-crash-kingsmtn-2july05/ A memorial plaque was placed some distance away since that writeup. (…at the turnoff to the “Vista Point” on the official MROSD map http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_ecdm.pdf )

Yes, that’s my reflection in the cycling clothing on the left!

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The third local crash site has the entire tail section of a late 1950’s Navy jet.

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The pilot perished in that crash, and a small plaque has been placed by a “wreckchaser”, as certain hobbyists call themselves. This third site, as well as the one I visited today, were described to me in confidence by folks who don’t want to see souvenir hunters ruin the site. I will keep their confidence and these tw0 sites will remain relatively unknown.

I hope you enjoyed the rainy day hike in the redwoods and a little bit of mysterious local history!

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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!
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3 Responses to Rainy Day Hike in the Redwoods & Plane Crash Site

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