Weather words: cool and windy at the bottom, hot and calm at the top.
Smelled like smoke near Blue Oak which is scary - Ranger Carl said there's nothing going on in the Park but smoke from fires farther north is drifting in.
Brown fog over the east bay hills as well.
This guy pulled out in front of me on Walnut Avenue and we rode about the same speed all the way up. He had a jersey that was the dark green of the official State Park jersey, but it was for something else.
Wildlife Encounter: nothing special but big swarms of dragonflies and a huge flock of turkey vultures.