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The route I took on bike was not the shortest nor easiest from my house, but it is rather scenic, follow the Los Gatos Creek Trail from San Jose to Los Gatos, then Highway 9 through Saratoga to the Mountain Winery. A few short climbs takes one over the entrance to the winery and up Mt. Eden Rd to Stevens Creek Reservoir. The trails and roads were damp or wet in places from recent rains, though mostly blue sky today. The grasses have become a deep green and growing tall in what has been a good start to the rainy season in California. Water in the creeks are brown with soil erosion from the recent rains and the hills appear to be reaching the saturation point. A party of half a dozen hikers were just leaving the summit to the west when I arrived from the east around 1p. The views from the top are so-so. The best views are to the south overlooking the Santa Cruz Mtns. Views to the South Bay looking north and east are mostly blocked by towers and trees. A benchmark can be found atop a small pillar just west of the summit towers.
My return route went back down Monte Bello Rd, then continued north around the Stevens Creek Reservoir to Homestead Rd in Sunnyvale before turning east and back home in San Jose. It was nice to get out after all the rain and wet conditions we've had this past week.
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