Cynthia, a frequent commenter here, has more than two dozen hikes chronicled at her site. Her hikes always include Topo maps with elevation profiles — something I’d probably do if I ever got around to buying a GPS. Last week we were talking about the steepest Bay Area trails and Cynthia promptly headed down to Carmel Valley to check out reports of a 30 percent grade at Garland Ranch near Salinas.

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