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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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