On one rainy Wednesday in June, my son Jack and I had decided to go for a hike on the NCT north from Mayfield Rd trailhead to the Valley of the Giants, along
Twenty-two Mile creek. The trailhead was very easily accessible and as with the section of trail we had hiked,very well blazed. I have found it is much nicer walking along a trail that you can see, than trying to
bushwack one that really isn't there. We started out on a two-track heading north about 11:30 am. It was a cool day,about 60 degrees and we knew we were going to get wet. The rain did not matter though, I had this day off and we had a hike planned. As soon as we got started, we walked upon a doe and her fawn. We paused a moment and watched the deer eat along the trail. Neverwould have seen that from the couch!
Our plan was to make it to Twenty-two mile creek in about an hour. That left no real time for lolly-gagging. We usually stretch a few minutes into our hikes. The trail followed a g
as pipeline on and off for about fifteen minutes. The ferns were waist high and the best shade of green. The trail turns into a single track and soon crosses a motorcycle single track. The section o
f the trail hiked today had crossed the cycle trail about five times.
There was evidence of the cycle trail being rode and the NCT had absolutely no cycle tracks on it. It is nice when those rules are followed.
The elevation did not change much until we dropped into the Valley of the Giants. We were now surrounded by the most beautiful cedars, not only for the visual enjoyment,
but the smell of the cedars overpowered all. We walked along the creek and had to cross it to a campsite that we had planned to have our lunch at. After about ten minutes we had a fire started and we were protected from the rain by the cedar brances. After lunch we walked along the creek to a beaver dam and we walked along the top of it. This was a very nice hike. The trail was in very nice shape. Hats off to all the volunteers who help support the trail. The trail really is in our big backyard.