Thu, May 4, 2017
The peak I had in mind, unnamed Peak 1,620ft, has a modest prominence of 360ft, overlooking Hwy152, roughly half way between Gilroy and Hollister. The summit and surrounding areas on the north side of 152 are part of a large ranching concern. A very well graded dirt road climbs up to the summit ridge from Casa de Fruta where we parked, nearly reaching to the summit. The moon was about 2 days past half full and high overhead when we started out around 8:30p. Some high clouds would partially obscure it at times and fog would overtake us for a portion of the descent, but for the most part it was a very nice evening even if a bit chilly and we had a fine walk by moonlight without needing headlamps. The hike was about 3.5mi each way, taking us about an hour and a half on the ascent, a little less on the way back. We shared a bottle of wine at the summit while taking in the lights of Coyote and Hollister Valleys. It would be a little after midnight before we returned to San Jose after what we all agreed was an evening well spent - much better than watching a basketball game, anyway...
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