Mountain Walks


Recently I hiked to the top of Black Mountain, on Montebello Ridge (Elevation: 2700 ft., Cupertino, CA). The last hour of the ascent was steep, I was sweating and taking brief rest stops every 100 feet. One middle-aged man went right by me, to the top, without rest stops. Two elderly men, in their mid-seventies passed me by, heading back down from the summit. I am inspired by these hikers, and by:

John Muir: He walked 1000 miles, from the Indiana to Florida.Then he took a ship to San Francisco, CA  and walked to Yosemite: he hiked in this very mountainous region for the rest of his life. He encouraged the creation of Yosemite National Park and he founded the Sierra Club.

Carmelo Flores Laura: 123 years old (?) who enjoys walking every day, at 16,000 feet elevation, in the Andes mountains (region of lake Titicaca, Bolivia) of South America.

Don Jose (Huichol, known as “Matsuwa”): he lived to be more than 100 years old, hiking daily in the Sierra Madre mountains of central western Mexico.

Tenzing-Norgay, (Sherpa)   [see movie: The conquest of Everest, Re-visited 1953 -2003]   of Nepal, guided the first successful climb of Mt Everest, and taught mountain hiking/climbing skills in Nepal. Sherpas have been reported to carry loads of 60 to 70kg, (equal to their body weight) hiking at elevations of 16,000 and higher.

These people continued hiking in the mountains well into old age.

Many luminous places and natural places of power are found on ridges, hill and mountain tops, and on – or near volcanoes. To be in good shape and capable of mountain hiking is a prerequisite for enjoying these remote places.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Montebello Ridge

View west from Black Mountain

View west from Black Mountain

The top of Montebello Ridge is also known as Black Mountain and our site is where small rock outcrops are protruding a few feet above the surface, on both sides of the unpaved road, at the top of this mountain.. This site is located in Montebello Open Space Park, overlooking Stevens Creek Reservoir and the southern Bay Area. It is accessible via multiple routes. 1) Montebello Ridge Road, originating from Stevens Creek reservoir and ends at a very small parking area one half mile from the top. 2) Alpine Road from HWY 280 and ends at Skyline Blvd.: Note – there is a turn off a half mile before this intersection into a parking area on the left, and serves this park. You can hike from the parking lot to the top of Black Mountain, passing close to an over night backpack camp (reservations are required). This is an easy hike of a mile or two, and includes some uphill climbing; a map is posted at the parking lot. 3) A delightful sequence of good trails can be followed from the Rancho San Antonio Open Space parking lot, and these will lead to the top of Black Mountain: see on site posted maps, and free brochures for details. It is a three-hour hike, all of it uphill, and the last mile is quite steep ( a great workout!).

The perceived inner quality here is a fine, clear, and pure spiritual energy: It is most apparent near the rock outcrops. I suspect that the nature of this energy is primarily piezoelectric, and combines with the altitude related atmospheric electrostatic field, and a good dose of energetic air. It is has the most spiritual qualities of any site that I have found in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and central California. The panoramic view adds to the charm of this sweet site, as do cloud formations as seen from this elevation (2700 ft). This is another site that I include in my book, “A Guide to Natural Places of Power in the American West“.

Location:  GPS   37N  19.163     122W 09.070


(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz (The Holy Cross), California was named by the Gaspar de Portola. I believe that he named this site for the very high quality energetic air found here. Natural Bridges State park, winter home of the monarch butterfly has one of the highest levels and finest quality of energetic air that I have experienced. I believe that Portola and his party felt this extraordinary inner luminosity, mental and spiritual clarity, and so named it Santa Cruz. There were no buildings or pavement and the energetic air could flow over this area covering many square miles. Also. we must realize that the spanish lived on a 100% natural foods diet, exercised frequently and probably used no drugs or alcohol (except on rare occasions). Furthermore, fog tends to avoid this area most of the year ( it neutralizes energetic air – due to high humidity), and the sun’s light and warmth add to luminosity (inner and outer).

Santa Fe (The Holy Faith), New Mexico is another site very rich in high quality energetic air. This is due to the naturally occurring radio-active elements (uranium, radium and radon) found the area, which actively energize the air. Higher elevations, such as that of Santa Fe are typically cooler and lower in humidity and thus conducive to the presence of energetic air. Thinner atmosphere at higher elevation is also energized by UV and cosmic rays (from the sun and galaxy). Certain characteristics of geography and geology, as found in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe can focus and concentrate energetic air to very high levels.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013

Eat Well and Walk Far

My motto is:  “Eat Well and Walk Far”

Eating well and walking far are life long learning courses, and are an exploration of latent potential.  With time and practice, all good things grow from these, and revelations of insight about anything can emerge from them.

See publications:    Prevention Magazine                       Whole Foods

The Hiking Engine               Wanderlust (Kindle e-book)

(c) Paul C Adams 2013               updated:  1/12/16

Update: Garden Art

I have added a new set of pictures to my website  Photo Gallery, “Garden Art 1”.   These pictures were taken on my walking strolls through various neighborhoods in Northern California.The sculptures were on the front lawns and gardens of private properties, or in nurseries;  I added several from art shops which were of the same themes.

The arrangement of sculptures was as I found it, and were placed in a natural and spontaneous way by the owner of the property, or employes of the nurseries.

I find a fascinating mystique in this garden art, and it is surprising to discover it walking about neighborhoods during casual walks. From gargoyles to nymphs, and religious icons an enchanting window of myth and mystery opens –  as one ponders these garden arts.

I recall Joseph Campbell’s, “Mythic Image” and “Hero with a Thousand Faces” which have many references to the deep and inter-connected mysteries hidden with these categories of sacred art forms.

At Esalen Institute, in the  1970’s   I recounted Huichol myths (as seen on yarn paintings) to a group of people where Joseph Campbell was present. He pointed out distinct similarities between these and myths from places as far away as (ancient) Egypt. Following my presentation, he spoke, with a joyful and contagious enthusiasm about sacred symbols and myths worldwide, and from throughout history. I found myself enraptured by his stories and the parallels or similarities between some Huichol myths and those from far away lands and ancient times.

(c) Paul C Adams 2013