Guides and Trips

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Knibs Knob Uvas Park
by jomebrew on Jun 02, 2013
Morgan Hill, California, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
Our first trip to Uvas Park.  I have been to the top of Knibs Knob at Mayman Flats but never on the actual trail.  I am building endurance for a summer backpacking trip so I filled my pack with 35lb of gear and came to conquer Knibs Knob.The weather was comfortable in the parking area.  We had a bit of difficulty finding the trailhead.  It is in the back of the youth...
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Day Hike in the Land of the Medicine Buddha
by jomebrew on Jun 22, 2013
Soquel, California, United States
Hiking | 7.3 miles
Quick glance at Google maps before heading into this area I have never been to.  Good thing.  My phone GPS was spotty and no cell coverage in much of the area!We crossed the wooden bridge and headed left.  We were not sure where to go next so we went left and stopped across from the school.  That was wrong.  Follow the sign and go right.  We proceeded up the One Way road...
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Woods Road in Sierra Azul
by jomebrew on Mar 03, 2013
Los Gatos, California, United States
Hiking | 7.6 miles
This was a warm up hike to get my missus ready for an assault on El Sombroso.    We parked at the woods road entrance and headed down woods road.  I stopped several times to take in delightful views and snap plenty of pictures.  It was a perfect day to be out here.  It was cool with just the slightest breeze.  The first couple miles are mostly flat but you do drop...
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Wilder Ranch - Ohlone Bluff Trail Excursion
by jomebrew on Mar 02, 2013
Rapetti, California, United States
Hiking | 6.7 miles
Hoped to do the Ohlone Bluff Trail along the ocean an got about half way there before turning back.  The park map doe snot have mileage.  I estimate form my track and google maps the bluff trail is about 10 miles which makes it nearly 20 miles overall.  Way too much for the missus and pushing it for me.The coastline was beautiful this day.  We parked along highway one and climbed the hillside and walked...
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Henry Coe Middle Ridge
by jomebrew on Mar 01, 2013
Madrone Soda Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 11.7 miles
Cool crisp March morning at 9:00 AM at Coe HQ.  I have never been this direction or these trails so I had no idea what to expect.  All I heard was "mostly downhill" and "8 or 9 miles".  Pretty much neither of these were reality.  For the most part, I liked this route.  Almost all single track and lots of contour lines to follow.   Even still it was a moderately strenuous hike with...
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Harvey Bear Park - Al Wilson Trail
by jomebrew on Feb 18, 2013
San Martin, California, United States
Hiking | 8.9 miles
Crisp Cool morning in the Morgan Hill Foothills at Harvey Bear Park.   I expected a short, somewhat quick hike.   Turns our it was going to be a fast hike but not so short.  The path starts out flat for 1/4 mile then starts rising up the foot hills.   It was cold with a heavy fog so it was east to stay cool.  In the summer, the first couple miles...
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Mount Saint Helena - Race to Death
by jomebrew on Feb 16, 2013
Calistogs, CA, United States
Hiking | 10.2 miles
The saga of attempts to hasten my ultimate demise continued this cool February morning.  We started early from San Jose to reach the trail head around 9 AM.  It was a clear day and somewhat cool at around 55-60F.  We started out around 9:30 am, being cautious crossing the road, to the trail head.  Just crossing the road was he first attempt on me.  The series of cutbacks were pretty easy.  You...
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Project Kill Joe - The Simas Peak Failure
by jomebrew on Feb 09, 2013
Salinas, California, United States
Hiking | 13.2 miles
We planned a nice moderate hike through some unknown areas of Toro Park in Salinas, CA.   Two us never hiked the park and two had a unsuccessful hike a couple years ago in the hot days of summer.   None were too familiar with the park.   We parked outside the park and walked across the day use area to the Ollason Trail to the Ranch Trail.  This was pretty gentle with...
PKJ: The El Sombroso Attempt
by jomebrew on Jan 26, 2013
Los Gatos, California, United States
Hiking | 12.4 miles
The air was still.  200 feet below, rowing teams practiced on the calm, still waters of the Lexington Reservoir.  A heavy fog filled the air.  A light mist coved our electronic with tiny water dropplets. On out Androids and Iphones, we started app.  Out FitBits all had activities started.  GPS was recording a new track.  At 8:45 am, Project Kill Joe:  The El Sombroso Affair was in action.     Priests Rock trail is up hill.  Relentless from the start and filled torturous grades...
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The Dowdy Ranch Attempt On My Life
by jomebrew on Sep 15, 2012
Madrone Soda Springs, California, United States
Hiking | 6.0 miles
Three big hikes in Henry Coe Park  Had a miserable time all three.  There is no happiness here.  Just misery and wishing for death.   This days was friggin hot.   But we didn't know that.   It was planned to be a pretty quick albeit hard hike to Tie Down and summit the peak.  Satellite images shows some game trails but not official trail.  It looked like the south face could be navigated.  All...
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Urban Hike - Communication Hill
by jomebrew on Aug 25, 2012
San Jose, California, United States
Walking | 4.0 miles
Urban hiking on communication hill.Parked on Batista near AzuresFirst loop down walking path to the stairs then down to the bottom, left at the bottom to Communication Hill dr, then up the hill crossing over and going right up first street and continuing to navigate up hill and to the right.  Passed Fire Station and went through the park and down between the condos back to Batista/Azure then stopped at the car...
Windy Hill Park 9.3 mile loop
by jomebrew on Jul 26, 2009
California, United States
Geocaching | 9.1 miles
Geocaching and hiking loop in Windy Hike Open space Preserve.   Took the steep downhill with the plan to turn around and go back to the top and out and back this section of the BART.   After dropping 700 feet of elevation, we decided to just do the 9.5 mile loop.   Not the best plan with nothing to eat and limited water on a super hot day in a breezeless...
Guadalupe Oaks Park
by jomebrew on Jul 08, 2009
San Jose, California, United States
Walking | 1.9 miles
2 mile hike / walk with the kids.  Stressed the uphills first then wound down around the park.  Hills are only 100' elevation but still get the motor running!
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Sunnyvale Lunchtime Exercise Walk 3 mile loop
by jomebrew on Jun 29, 2009
Sunnyvale, California, United States
Walking | 2.9 miles
Daily 3 mile loop.   Seems ET snips some distance off each my tracks but the GPS says 3 miles.
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Mount Madonna 9.6 mile hike
by jomebrew on Jun 28, 2009
Gilroy, California, United States
Hiking | 9.2 miles
Hiking in 100 degree heat with Bullit and Vaudesir.Started at Sprig Recreation parking area off Highway 152.  Took Merry Go Round tail.  Extreme heat and relentlessly hard grade made me reconsider hiking as a recreation.  Cheered on by Bullit and Vaudesir, we eventually made it to the rest area near Old Mine Trail.  You might want to explore a little.  I wanted to take nap!  We continued on Merry Go Round to...
June 6, 2009. First hike in 5 months.   We Left HA at 7 am and took Monument Tail to Hobbs Road over Blue Ridge.  We dropped 1500  feet of elevation.  Don't be so happy, you have to make it all back up in the next mile and a half.  It took 3.2 hours to the creek at the bootom of the "shortcut" verticle road.  We rested at Coyote creek for 30 minutes...


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