Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Barking Frogs on Pleasanton Ridge

Our backpacks were sitting there, ready to go for our now fire canceled 4 day backpack. Water bladders full, etc. With an open schedule, we turned to our East Bay Regional Parks Trail Challenge book for a hike to keep us in condition. Pleasanton Ridge, 7.5 miles, challenging was the description, so we went for it, me with my full backpack, and Susan with a fanny pack.

It's a little tedious slogging up to the top of the ridge, but then the trail goes thru some ancient olive trees, and follows the ridgetop with shade when you want a break. The challenge route is a loop, and the back side goes by three cattle ponds. They look pretty stark - bare dirt surroundings with a small margin of green around the edge.

I walked over to get a better look at the first one, and heard this bark-splash. I walked a little closer and more bark-splashes. About every 2 or 3 feet around the lake there was a frog head sticking out of the water about 2 inches from shore, with a few actually on shore. Every frog gave this bark at the instant they jumped. I've scared a lot of frogs, but never encountered this bark and leap behavior. They were about 4 inches long. Don't know if they were baby bullfrogs or something else.

Anyway, near the end of the loop we passed a ranger residence, and a few minutes later another entry for Tom Managan's decrepit building contest:

One of the frog ponds had a large blue egg mass about 6 inches across. Anyone know if that is frogs, newts or what?


  1. Hey There, I'm a resident in Pleasanton, CA. I mountain bike the ridge frequently looking for cool photography locations, such as abandoned building, houses, etc.

    Where is that abandoned barn located up there?

    do you have to coordinates or a known general area where the shed is?


  2. I couldn't find our old trail challenge map, and it doesn't seem to be online anymore. The building is in the south end of the pleasanton ridge regional park, on the west side of the ridge.