Hiking Trails and Trips

Trips
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Fremont Older Trifecta
by Vaudesir on Oct 24, 2009
Cupertino, California, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
A solo hike in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. The park map features three "peak" points of interest, and because the park is fairly small, I thought it could be fun to "bag" them all in one quick hike.I started at the main parking lot at the end of Prospect Road, where the golf balls fly low but fast, and where you're supposed to park at your own risk (that's what the...
Marine layer over the Monterey Bay (Madrone Soda Springs (historical), California, United States) Photo
Little Fork is flowing (Madrone Soda Springs (historical), California, United States) Photo
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Henry W. Coe SP - Middle Ridge, Poverty Flat, Pine Ridge
by Vaudesir on Oct 18, 2009
Madrone Soda Springs (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 9.6 miles
A very enjoyable hike in a perfect Coe weather.No crazy Mount Sizer hike this time, we just went for a more reasonable few hours loop through MIddle Ridge and Poverty Flat.Sam and I met on the HQ parking lot at 10, and we checked out the visitor center/store first since no matter what, it's always, always closed after a hike.For a change, we took the Corral trail to leave the HQ. A...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Joseph D. Grant County Park
by Vaudesir on Oct 03, 2009
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 9.2 miles
Had a lot of fun on this hike with Pang, Jeff and Dave. After several years of hiking in the Bay Area, it is hard to believe I've never been to this big park. This was the perfect opportunity. I didn't really look at the route in detail because both Jeff and Dave knew the park well so they came up with the hiking plan.We met at the parking lot by Grant...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Santa Teresa County Park
by Vaudesir on Sep 28, 2009
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles
I covered (solo) another section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail in Santa Teresa County Park on a hot late afternoon. I started at the Fortini Road entrance, going up the Stile Ranch trail all the way to Mine Hill trail then to the Fortini trail, to the corral, and then went back to the parking lot, still using the Fortini trail.I was hoping to see tarantulas, and I indeed saw one,...
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Tarantula hike - Hunting Hollow Road - Henry Coe State Park
by Vaudesir on Sep 26, 2009
Old Gilroy, California, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles
I hadn't been in Coe for a few months, and despite the heat this weekend, I really wanted to visit Hunting Hollow Road again. It's a beautiful place, and if I could not see tarantulas there, I would not see any this year.I packed a lot of water, because when it's in the 90's in San Jose, Coe is deadly hot. It was hot indeed but not too bad. I decided that I...
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BART - Coyote Ridge Trail (Harvey Bear Ranch - Coyote Lake County Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 13, 2009
Rucker, California, United States
Hiking | 7.2 miles
Three purposes for this hike - walk another section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, see tarantulas - it is the season, and enjoy the dramatic skies as an early storm was on its way from the Ocean. We didn't see any tarantula but Antony (Bullit) really enjoyed the hike.We staged a car at the Harvey Bear Ranch trailhead, and then drove to the Mendoza entrance and started our hike there. The...
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Mayfair Ranch Trail (Rancho Canada del Oro)
by Vaudesir on Sep 13, 2009
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
A quick hike in beautiful Rancho Canada del Oro OSP on a late afternoon, hoping to see the first tarantulas of the season.Rancho Canada del Oro is a great little park, not very well known, located in the south of Santa Clara county, between Uvas and Calero. It is remote and thus less crowded than other parks.From the parking lot, I took the Mayfair Ranch trail, which is a (relatively) new and...
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Bumpass Hell (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 07, 2009
Manzanita Lake
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Bumpass Hell is the must-visit area in the whole park. It features very impressive mudpots and hissing fumaroles.While accessible only through hiking, it is an easy 3 miles hike (return trip) very doable with young kids. The trailhead is right by the main park road and offers great views of Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain and Mount Diller. It goes down slightly for a few hundred yards until it reaches the road again,...
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Ridges Lake (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 06, 2009
Manzanita Lake, California, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
After climbing down from Brokeoff Mountain, we went for a short but steep hike. 2 miles return trip, but 1000 feet elevation gain, so quite strenuous, especially at this altitude. The trail starts at Sulphur Works, on the main park road. It climbs right away and simply never stop climbing (pretty steep towards the end) until you reach the destination : a beautiful hidden little lake with turquoise waters. Great place for...
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Brokeoff Mountain (Lassen Volcanic National Park)
by Vaudesir on Sep 06, 2009
Morgan Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 7.2 miles
I initially wanted to climb up Lassen Peak but had to change my plans after learning that the trail was closed for the remaining of the year. Brokeoff Mountain seemed to be an interesting alternative. Less crowded, with great views, and considered to be the most strenuous of the featured hikes in the park, although it is short (7 miles return trip).It did not disappoint. The path goes through various type of...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Coyote Peak Loop
by Vaudesir on Aug 23, 2009
Pomar (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles
A quick solo hike in Santa Teresa County Park.I started at the Pueblo area in the middle of the park. When straight up to the summit of Coyote Peak and came back down via Rocky Ridge Trail.This is a short relatively easy hike. The little breeze made it easier to support the heat.
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Short hike in Almaden Quicksilver - from Webb Canyon
by Vaudesir on Aug 16, 2009
Greystone (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Just a short hike with Sam (sammydee), Elaine and Dave. On a hot day, hiking in the shade was quite pleasant.We started at the Webb Canyon entrance, and quickly got up to New Almaden trail using a steep, non official trail. We then when south and east to the junction with Prospect before turning back.
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Island Lake to Grouse Ridge
by Vaudesir on Jul 25, 2009
Baltimore Town, California, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
When you're staying around Island Lake, it only seems natural to hike to the Grouse Ridge Lookout tower. The summit offers breathtaking views and the hike is not very long.I've done it last year with Rebecca (Calipidder), I have done it again this year with Ron and Andy.The first part of the hike is relatively flat and shaded. You follow the main trail to go around Round lake and Milk lake, before...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Saratoga Gap to Alpine Pond
by Vaudesir on Jul 11, 2009
Vista Verde, California, United States
Hiking | 10.1 miles
Still working on hiking the complete Bay Area Ridge Trail (BART), Antony (bullit) and I, accompanied by Jeff (triplep220) decided to go for the section linking Saratoga Gap to Alpine Pond, along Highway 35 (Skyline). We went through 4 different parks : Saratoga Gap OSP, Upper Stevens Creek CP, Long Ridge OSP, and finally Skyline Ridge OSP.The weather was good when we started the hike shortly before 9 am (after having staged...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail - Mount Madonna County Park
by Vaudesir on Jun 28, 2009
Interlaken, California, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
Where to hike on a 90+ degrees day? We've heard from several sources that Mount Madonna was a great hiking destination when the temperature was high, and Antony (Bullit) wanted to go after the foxglove flower that Sam (Sammydee) had noticed the day before. Plus Antony noticed that Mount Madonna County Park offered a Bay Area Ridge Trail section. Long story short: Antony, Joe (CC) and I were ready to hit the...
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Kids Hike - Woods Road in Almaden Quiksilver
by Vaudesir on Jun 20, 2009
English Town, California, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles
This is a very classic family hike in the South Bay.Minicacher (Lance) + Morgan and Benett joined Emilie, Lucie and me to hike and cache this part of Almaden Quicksilver.The plan was to go up to the old gas pump if possible. And that's what we did. We enjoyed the brand new picnic tables by the pump for our lunch.It was a nice day. Sunny but not hot. The wind was not...
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Henry Coe - Mount Sizer, the Narrows and China Hole
by Vaudesir on Jun 06, 2009
Madrone Soda Springs (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 17.5 miles
Antony (Bullit) was looking for company to hike up Mount Sizer, and despite a recent tough experience with that hike (due to heat - see trip 209614), I was game. So were Joe and Sam.The route was similar to the one I took 3 weeks ago. Starting from the headquarters, we would take Hobbs Road (including the Shortcut) up to Blue Ridge and Mount Sizer. But we would then use Jackass trail...
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Henry Coe - Blue Ridge and Mount Sizer
by Vaudesir on May 16, 2009
Madrone Soda Springs (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 15.9 miles
I've been wanted to hike to Mount Size for several weeks, after Bullit and Calipidder told me about it. The plan was to take Hobbs Road from the HQ, all the way to Blue Ridge Road (that would mean hiking up the dreaded "Shortcut"), go down Blue Ridge Road, to Poverty Flat Road, go down to Poverty Flat, and up to Manazanita Point Road back to HQ. It's normally a strenuous hike: about 16 miles and about...
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Marshmallow Hike
by Vaudesir on May 03, 2009
New Almaden, California, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles
I thought I'd take the kids for a hike today and the one Antony (Bullit) did yesterday seemed nice and doable for them.We would take Stile and then Fortini. I thought that if we took it very slow, climbing up Stile would be alright.It went very well actually. Stile is very well graded and the kids didn't even felt they were hiking uphill. They were too busy checking out all the bugs...
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Hiking Almaden Quicksilver CP with a 4 year old
by Vaudesir on Apr 19, 2009
Guadalupe (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 1.7 miles
A very classic short hike, ideal with young kids. Start at Mc Abee entrance, and walk on McAbee Road until you hit New Almaden trail (pass Mine Hill trail on your left).New Almaden trail a single track, beautiful, trail, with a lot of poison oak on the side (you might want to be careful if you're sensitive). It climbs a little bit (with a few switchbacks) until the junction with Mine Hill. Take...

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