Hiking Trails and Trips

Almaden Quicksilver Family "Black Friday" Hike
by croyle on Nov 29, 2013
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 5.2 miles
Sierra Azul Family Hike
by croyle on Dec 27, 2012
English Town, California, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
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Grant Ranch Hike - September, 2012
by croyle on Sep 03, 2012
San Jose, CA, USA
Hiking | 6.0 miles
A hot Labor Day hike for the Hillside Stragglers, but thankfully there was a nice breeze most of the time.
Henry Cowell - River Hike - August 2012
by croyle on Aug 04, 2012
Felton, California, United States
Hiking | 7.4 miles
An epic day of bushwhacking, routefinding, and wading up the river...Ignore the absurd elevation numbers which have to relation to reality!
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Uvas Canyon: Knibb's Knob
by croyle on Jun 30, 2012
Morgan Hill, California, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles
Slooow hike for me. I'm out of shape for the hills!Actual elevation gain more like 1600', not 5,000, LOL.
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Henry Coe Backcountry Weekend 21012 Day Hike
by croyle on Apr 29, 2012
Madrone Soda Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 8.0 miles
I usually backpack this every year, but this year I could only make it on Sunday. So I did a day hike to Mustang Pond with my Hillside Straggler buddies.I started my track late so the RT mileage should really be like 8.4mi.
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St. Joe's Hill
by croyle on Feb 11, 2012
Los Gatos, California, United States
Hiking | 5.7 miles
A short hike on a slightly drizzly day, looping from Forbes Mill museum. We had actually planned to make the hike a bit longer by heading to Lexington, crossing the dam and returning on the west side of the Los Gatos Creek Trail but we took a wrong turn... On the plus side, Mike was getting cold anyway, and we got to Andale at a good time for our post-hike lunch, since...
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Alum Rock - Christmas Eve Day Hike
by croyle on Dec 24, 2011
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 7.1 miles
It had been a few months since our last Hillside Stragglers hike, and that one was on flat ground, so were were psyched for a good hike. Being December 24th and having Christmas Eve festivities to attend, we opted for a short hike in nearby Alum Rock so that we'd be done as early as possible.This brought a nice 1,000' of climb (nothing like that 4900' the track suggests (sorry iPhone, and...
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Cascade Head Storm Hike
by croyle on Nov 22, 2011
Oregon, United States
Hiking | 2.4 miles
Hiking solo in an unfamiliar place during a huge storm is a good recipe for a memorable time. The winds howled through the trees and the trail was more like a stream in places, but the real fun came on the exposed bluffs.There, the 75mph winds ripped my fleece beanie right off my head, and I felt lucky to find it later about 80' away, stuck in the tall grass. The wind...
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Don Edwards NWR - October, 2011
by croyle on Oct 01, 2011
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 6.0 miles
This was going to be a much longer hike, but Dwayne overslept and so we started almost an hour behind schedule. Just as well, as Mike had injured one of his legs in a freak accident with his other foot...Still, this was a nice 6-mile hike in pleasant weather. We hiked the Mallard Slough  trail just in time - which is why I chose this hike for today - as it will...
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Little Basin hike to Eagle Rock
by croyle on Jul 02, 2011
Boulder Creek, California, United States
Hiking | 3.9 miles
I hadn't done this hike since 2006 I think, but this was my third time. Mike and Dwayne hadn't been here before though and I knew they'd like it.It's a short hike at around 4 miles RT. On the way up to the old fire lookout area the elevation gain is around 1500', and the trail is virtually all uphill. So this is short but good exercise, which was just what we...
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The 'Iao Valley
by croyle on Apr 13, 2011
Wailuku Heights, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
This was the first short hike of a two-hike day. We'd never been to the 'Iao Valley before but it looked like a "must see" location and it really was beautiful.There are a pair of very short paved paths near the parking area, and then a dirt  trail runs west from one of those paths. It splits into multiple paths that generally follow the Iao Stream west. We followed these paths for...
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Pinnacles: Balconies Cave & High Peaks Loop
by croyle on Apr 23, 2011
Pinnacles, California, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
Spring is the best time at Pinnacles, when the flowers are at their peak and it's not absurdly hot. Starting at the west entrance, this clockwise loop took my friends and I through the Balconies Caves trail (and through the short but cool cave section), back around the pretty flat northern part of the park, then up through the High Peaks trail where we hit the big climb.Fortunately, the climb is worth...
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Waihee Ridge Hike
by croyle on Apr 14, 2011
Kahalui, Hawaii, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
The Waihee Ridge Trail is short but uphill the entire way to Lanilili peak (2569’) at the end of the hike. You’ll climb pretty much non-stop for about 1,500’, with very little flat or downhill, until you reach the peak. Of course, the hike back is nearly all downhill. Along the way up there is a bench with view of a large waterfall, but since the falls are something like a mile...
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Calero Solo Hike 20110403
by croyle on Apr 03, 2011
Morgan Hill, California, United States
Hiking | 3.8 miles
I had a couple of free hours and was getting cabin fever at home, so I decided to come hike for a couple of hours in Calero. I'd not been on one of the trails here so it was nice to hike something new, and it was a nice trail too.The weather was absolutely perfect and the park was completely green, with flowers in bloom. Now is probably the best time of...
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Calero: Back Way to Cherry Cove
by croyle on Feb 26, 2011
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
I'd hiked along the northern part of Calero Reservoir, but never up what I've always called "Red Hill". I wanted to hike up it, and also see if I could hike across Calero Dam and along the west side of the reservoir to Cherry Cove Trail.I was able to hike all of these places, although there is a small spillway where the aqueduct dumps into Calero that I had to be careful...
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Calero - Bald Peaks Loop
by croyle on Feb 12, 2011
Mountain Home, California, United States
Hiking | 7.1 miles
This was the first hike my "Hillside Stragglers" group had done in several months, and we handled the elevation gain well for being out of practice. The route was designed to get us out on some trails we'd not been on here, and to take advantage of the perfect hiking weather.
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Harvey Bear III - East Side Family Hike
by croyle on Feb 06, 2011
San Martin, California, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles
5.5 miles according to EveryTrail, 5.6 miles according to Garmin. Originally I was going to have us hike a little further north in the same part of the park but this worked out pretty well, and we were able to see some new trails. The trails on the east side of the ridge are more wooded, shadier, and tend to have more narrow and single-track trails. Also there was more flora (mushrooms,...
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Rancho Cañada del Oro Group Hike
by croyle on Feb 05, 2011
Morgan Hill, California, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles
A short, easy group hike with friends on a warm February(!) day... All six of us were in shorts.
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Coyote - Harvey Bear Family Hike II
by croyle on Jan 23, 2011
San Martin, California, United States
Hiking | 6.6 miles
Nice family hike on a gorgeous January(!) day. Longest hike ever for the 7yo, and also for the Mrs. I think. Awesome!

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