A friend and I did this hike today. The long, uphill component and long, slow descent afterward tired me out. The key feature was passing through Green Gulch Farm, an organic vegetable and flower farm owned and operated by the San Francisco Zen Center.
But first we start from the trailhead. (Note: We had complete cloud cover and a cool ocean breeze the whole time. Which was nice, esp. considering the aforementioned "long, uphill component" and "long, slow descent".)
I suppose the trails, being older than the farm, have an easement through the farmland. You pass through the compost operation first, where some sunflower and pumpkin seeds evidently germinated out of composted, well, sunflowers and pumpkins.
Beyond that grow the greens and coles.
Long rows with nice textures.
(I think the bluish kale is 'Nero Toscana', right?)
The weather here never changes.
Dust from the road covers the leaves and fruit growing nearby.
These dwarf sunflowers w/ huge disks have a lot of character.
Since a Zen Center runs the farm, Zenniness prevails.
The Farm gets more gardeny the farther into it you go.
There's a lovely tool shed in the nursery area.
This is what your work area looks like, right?
The gardens are delightfully formal, with grass paths and clipped yews. The whole nine yards.
Beautiful apple trees, perfectly maintained.
These are the best-maintained apple espaliers I've ever seen.
Here endeth Part 1. The trail continues into the coastal hills in Part 2.