Buddy Jim and I tried to escape the valley fog yesterday, and drove up to Hogan (where else?) to hike around. There was sunshine to be had, but as we were leaving, the fog began to show its hazy head.
Great fun, not a soul to be seen on the trails, and the trails are in great shape. We saw one boat on the lake. The lake's low, but we thought it was going to be worse, actually.
Oak Knoll day use was closed, so we parked at the Acorn East day use lot and walked across the mud to get to the trailhead. We saw some tents in Acorn East, so camping is happening.
Most excellent meal was had at Brew'gers in Valley Springs, and we caught the last remnants of a car show. For you gun folks, there's a gun shop a few doors down from Brew'gers.
Here're a couple of useful links for ye: Calaveras Visitors Bureau
And don't miss the awesome River Of Skulls hiking trail below the dam!