Peak 1,762ft P500

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

With: Steve Sywyk
Marty Sexton

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It had been nine months since the three of us had done a moonlight hike, so it was nice to have an opportunity to get together on a cold evening with a nearly full moon. To make a somewhat short outing of it, I picked a summit with about 5 miles hiking, roundtrip near Gilroy. We had been to the area on several previous occasions. Canada Road winds through the Diablo hills from Gilroy, eventually joining with Gilroy Hotsprings Rd at Coyote Creek and the southwest corner of Henry Coe State Park. Before reaching this point, Canada Rd meets at a junction with Jamieson Rd in a small valley to the south. This quiet valley is home to several ranches and associated homes. After hopping a gate along the road, we hiked up a series of ranch roads that follow the ridge for several miles, crossing a couple of property boundaries. The views were open for the entire hike, eventually taking in the city lights of Gilroy and Holister as well as parts of SR152 as it makes its way past Casa de Fruta enroute to Pacheco Pass. Steve had brought a bottle of wine which we shared at the summit, though it was a bit too cold out to enjoy it comfortably. In all we spent about two hours on the hike.

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