Hike No. 5 – February 24, 2013 – Hill/PG&E Trails

My last hike was fun…and easy.  So, for Hike No. 5, I decided to challenge myself with the PG&E Trail in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.  I used this trail to help me train for Mt. Whitney in the past.  The trail is one, long, seemingly unending climb through Oak forests along a fire road… Upper PG&E Trail...on and on and on...

There are some great views of Silicon Valley, San Jose, and, on this clear day, downtown San Francisco in the distance!

Silicon Valleys Sea of Trees

That’s Moffett Field and NASA Ames in the middle left.  Under that sea of trees is Silicon Valley and San Jose…big city with a lot of trees!

This Moderate-Difficult trail of 9.9 miles (up and back) gains about 1,200 feet in about 5 miles during the most challenging portion.  75% of the trail is exposed…so, wear a hat and carry lots of water.

I'd like to thank everyone involved in Hike No. 5...especially my wife Janet.

That’s 5 hikes and 31.6 miles…35 hikes and 168.4 miles to go!

Hike No. 2 – February 3rd, 2013 – Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

For Hike No. 2, I chose one of my favorite places to hike:  Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve  http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_rancho_san_antonio.asp

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This Moderately difficult hike of 6.1 miles along the PG&E/Wildcat Loop/High Meadow/Rogue Valley Trails touched just a fraction of the Preserve’s 23 miles of trails.  If you have kids, the Deer Hollow Farm, located at the lower base of the Preserve, is a great place to visit!

I’m up to 10.3 total miles…only 189.7 to go!