Start at the parking lot on Alpine Road, which is the second one that you will see driving down Alpine Road (not the one close to Alpine Pond). Start at the left trail that leads you to a gate where you will begin your hike. Continue on this trail for half a mile before turning left at a fork. Stay on Charquin Trail for about 2 miles until you reach a juncture with Bay Area Ridge Trail. Turn left on Ridge Trail. As you head up this trail, you will sometimes see hawks soaring overhead, and you will also see plenty of diverse plant species. Once you reach a gate, turn back the way you came.