Hiking Trails and Trips

Trips
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Grant Park Zig Zag
by Brighto on Jan 11, 2014
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 11.0 miles
Big Basin, Big Oops
by Brighto on Aug 11, 2013
Riverside Grove, California, United States
Hiking | 15.4 miles
Dish 1/8
by Brighto on Jan 08, 2013
Palo Alto, California, United States
Hiking | 6.4 miles
Grant
by Brighto on Dec 14, 2012
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 15.3 miles
Dish Hike 6-12-2012
by Brighto on Dec 06, 2012
Palo Alto, California, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
Return to Torineko Peak
by Brighto on Sep 22, 2012
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 3.6 miles
Dish Hike 9-21
by Brighto on Sep 21, 2012
Palo Alto, California, United States
Hiking | 4.7 miles
9-19-12 Stanford Dish
by Brighto on Sep 19, 2012
Palo Alto, California, United States
Hiking | 3.6 miles
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Grant Park in the Fog
by Brighto on Oct 18, 2010
San Jose, California, United States
Hiking | 5.7 miles
I took the day off and went up to my favorite park for a hike with my boxer dog Cody.  It was foggy and after yesterday's rain, a little damp.  Good hiking conditions as far as I'm concerned.   We parked in the main parking lot and hiked over to the Dutch Flat trailhead.  I was considering going north on the Heron trail and into the northwest corner of the park, but...
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Sonol Wilderness - Little Yosemite and the Canyon View
by Brighto on Apr 29, 2010
Mission San Jose District, California, United States
Hiking | 5.3 miles
Sunol Regional Wilderness – Little Yosemite Valley and the Canyon View Trail Sunol Regional Wilderness website   The last of this week’s rain had passed through and I knew it was going to be a gorgeous day so I played hooky and went for a hike at Sunol Regional Wilderness.  I got my usual late start and took the scenic route to the park via the South end of Calavaras Road – where it goes by Ed Levin Park.  It’s...
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park – Down to the River
by Brighto on Apr 16, 2010
Camp Evers, California, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles
Almost 39 years a go, when I was still in high school, my family moved to Santa Cruz and one of my first memories of the area was taking my Schwinn Super Sport up Graham Hill Road to Henry Cowell Redwoods and riding the (often rough) trails down to the river.  On Friday I took a vacation day and revisited some of that memory.   I could have parked for free down at the southwest corner of the park,...
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Grant Ranch – Antler Point from Twin Gates
by Brighto on Mar 27, 2010
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 11.0 miles
If you like sweeping vistas, wildflowers, and (ahem) squirrels, this is a hike you should consider.  At eleven miles, its relatively lengthy (for me anyway), but starting at Twin Gates eliminates some of the elevation gain and makes it a little easier in that regard.   It was a perfect day to be hiking, cool sunny and relatively clear.  The Canada de Pala trail goes up from the parking lot, past the upper end...
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Santa Teresa Park _ Ridge Trail Loop
by Brighto on Mar 21, 2010
Coyote, California, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles
For a period of about five years in the early nineties I used to hike Santa Teresa Park with my dog Lucky almost every week.  We knew every of the park, especially between the golf course and the Hidden Springs trail.  We would most often start out at the Archery range on the Ohlone trail, cut up on the CoyotePeak trail, and then across on the Ridge trail.  Then Hidden Springs back to CoyotePeak  and back down.   I repeated...
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Grant Ranch - Torineko Peak
by Brighto on Mar 09, 2010
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 3.8 miles
javascript:nicTemp();  There's no place called Torineko Peak that I know of, but some little friends of mine passed last week, and I thought that in their honor I'd name a beautiful place that seems to have no name other than Scenic Overlook after them.  Humor me if you will, they were very dear to me.Cody and I got to the park before nine and headed up Dutch Flat moving slow and stopping at...
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Grant Ranch - Bonus Hike
by Brighto on Feb 17, 2010
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 6.4 miles
javascript:nicTemp();OK, so you're probably thinking I'm kinda stuck on Grant Ranch and your right, but it's close and I like the place and I'll branch out a little one of these days...In any event, this is the bonus hike because the power was out all day at work and I came home at about 11 and it was just a gorgeous day and, well, who wants to clean the garage anyway.I didn't...
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Grant Ranch - Exploring the Valley
by Brighto on Feb 14, 2010
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 6.1 miles
Pics at Picassa:javascript:nicTemp();This was supposed to be an easy trip to try and get some off the cobwebs off, but I ended up doing about six miles without too much elevation gain. I took the Snell trail to the White barn, cut over to the Corral trail on an unnamed trail, jogged over to the Eagle trail to Canada de Pala to the Hotel trail and back.  There's nothing special about this track....
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Verdant Madonna
by Brighto on Jan 23, 2010
Strongs Mobile Village, California, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
big slidewhow javascript:nicTemp();This was supposed to be at least a five mile hike winding through the heart of the park, but due to exigent circumstances I had to cut it short.   I’ve been to Mt. Madonna park many times, but most of the time I hiked from Mt. Madonna road along the Loop trail (what an imaginative name) for a mile and then back with my dogs, so I really don’t know the park very well.   I started in...
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Grant Ranch, Dutch (not so) Flat
by Brighto on Dec 31, 2009
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 8.1 miles
javascript:nicTemp();This was an excellent hike that included the full length of the Dutch Flat trail, the west end of the Canada de Pala trail, the Eagle trail and the San Felipe trail.  If you don't want to do the full 8 miles, just hike to the scenic overlook, about two miles from the parking lot.  The ridge at the overlook drops steeply off on either side of the trail affording magnificent views into  both Halls Valley...
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Grant Ranch, Roundup
by Brighto on Dec 23, 2009
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 5.1 miles
javascript:nicTemp();So I went back to Grant Tuesday to do the loop I intended to do on Sunday; Canada de Pala, Hotel, Foothill, Bonhoff.   It was another nice day after Monday's rain and the trails to the west of the Twin Gates parking lot were closed to bikes and equestrians because of the rain.The lower part of Canada de Pala is all downhill and serpentine.  It runs along the power lines from the road...
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Grant Ranch, Southern Scramble
by Brighto on Dec 20, 2009
Evergreen, California, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles
Big slideshow: http://picasaweb.google.com/brighto/GrantRanchSouthernScramble#I had never been to the Twin Gates trailhead or to what looks like a trailhead at the Smith Creek CDC and what I found out is that the CDC is gated off and there were a few no parking signs around the fence that encloses it.  So I went back to Twin Gates and started from there.  My plan was to loop on four trails; Bonhoff , Foothill, Hotel and...

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