The best hikes are the ones that offer the most solitude. I had been to the Santa Rosa Plateau once before to photograph the Vernal Pools, but that trail is so popular that it was more of a zoo-like environment there. This time (a week ago) since there was no water at the Vernal Pools I asked the ranger at the visitor center about which trail had the least amount of people so he pointed out a trail that we could take. We hiked about five miles in a loop and encountered three people during that entire time, with two of them returning to their car near the trailhead so we basically had the place to ourselves.
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