1007. Kelly Lake (11/14/15)
Hikers (32): Adam, Alan, Baltazar, Bob W, Brad, Chris P, Dong, George, Giulia, Iris F, Jarda, Jeff, Jim, John H, Kathryn, Kendra, Mark N, Mihail, Peter, Peter E, Ross, Russell, Sabine, Sarah, Sarbinder, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Tony, Vicki, Xun L, Yipeng
Distance: 22 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park near Gilroy
Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Tony, John, and Xun
It was chilly at the start, but we knew we would warm up fast
UG leads the charge up Steer Ridge
Yipeng's on top of the world!
Xun enjoys the view from Willson Peak
Then it was time to head down into Grizzly Gulch
Then up the Rock Tower ...
Keep going ...
It flattens out for a little bit ...
Then of course there is more uphill on the Cross Canyon Trail
John and Bob happy to be walking downhill for a change
Finally down to the (dry) Kelly Creek bed ...
... where someone was waiting for us
Happy to see beautiful Kelly Lake (nobody got lost!)
We made it!!!
Striking a pose at the lake
Yipeng's happy to finally sit down
Then we headed out on the "UG Route"
"Are we going the right way?"
"I think there's a trail here"
We made it to Wasno Pond
Then more cross-country
Scary guy watching us in the woods
Serpentine Trail -- last uphill of the day!!!
... and we're back to Willson Peak
Is that a tree or a giraffe or the Loch Ness Monster on the Middle Ridge Trail?
I was too tired to care ...
Cheers! We're done!!
The hike was too easy for these guys
Honorable mention to David who also took on the mighty Steer Ridge, but wisely
bailed out early as he was not feeling well.
Baltazar's 1st leaf
Mark N's 10th leaf
Mihail's 1st leaf
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