I was hiking up in Annadel Park.
I think it was a she, it was unmistakably a mountain lion, she was in a large meadow, about 75 yards away. Seemed to be looking for prey, and was only mildly interested in me.
I was pretty scared to tell you the truth, after that guy was just attacked in Humbolt County last week. Picked up a large rock, then continued on my way and reported it to the ranger station. They said they've seen lots of mountain lion scat in Annadel lately, even down around Spring Lake. They said they're coming down to the lake because there's no running water in the streams due to the dry winter.
I've been hiking in Annadel for 20 years, to date I've seen wild pig, wild turkey, all sorts of large birds, a jackrabbit who approached within five feet and just sat there looking at me, one bobcat and now one mountain lion.