Drove yesterday to Fremont Older. First time in this Open Space Preserve and it was right away a memorable run. It was pretty muddy after several days of rain. Saw the first snake of the season near Hunter’s point. Then jogged Coyote Ridge Trail to Steven’s Creek County Park and Reservoir — I had first checked parking there and after finding out it costs $6 all over and the rangers drive their pick-ups back and forth the empty parking lots thought that’s not for me.
Okay, my idea was to get back to Fremont Older and Prospect Rd’s parking lot from the west end. But I didn’t have the map with me… ended up on Steven’s Canyon Road without finding the path back up. So I continued on Mt. Eden road running faster and faster because I was getting late … I didn’t find or know of any shortcuts and ended getting all the way through Pierce Rd to Saratoga — Sunnyvale Rd and from there back up to Prospect Rd parking. Looking at the map now I must have run like 7-8 miles extra there. An easy 1hr run thus became a major 1.45 race prep… At least now I have a better idea of the area including the archery range and many wineries.