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The third try was highly successful via Quimby Rd. I managed to ride to the top without stopping, but not without zigzagging back and forth across the road on the way up like some sort of drunk sailor. I rode down into the valley on the other side where the park is located, then up the second grade on Mt. Hamilton Rd to the ridgeline separating Halls Valley from Smith Creek. I parked the bike here and followed one of the park trails around the west side of the summit, and some easy cross-country from there to the top, all told only a 1/3mi hike. The hills are exceedingly green and filled with wildflowers that had surprised me some. The lower hills around the area are starting to turn brown in places but these upper slopes above 2,000ft are as green as I've ever seen them. I took some photos looking east to Mt. Hamilton, south towards Gilroy and Monterey, and north to Mt. Day. It was standing up here among all these flowers that I decided now would be a good time for a short roadtrip north to Napa and Lake Counties. On my way back I found that my ride up Quimby had been unnecessary - they had almost finished the work on Mt. Hamilton Rd and were allowing one-way traffic through the work zone. This made for an easier return than having to climb back up and over Quimby and I found myself home well before noon. Time to get my act together for the roadtrip...
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