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1015. Monument and Mission Peaks (01/02/16)

Hikers (29): Bob W, Brad, Chinyet, Christina, Clive, Dong, George, Gloria, Helen, Iris F, Jane, Jarda, Jeff, Jim, Jiri, Kendra, Mihail, Peter, Praveen, Ross, Rudi, Russell, Sarbinder, Shuli, Sparky, Susan S, Tim R, Tony, Yipeng
Distance: 14 miles
Rating: 3 difficulty, 7 beauty
Park info: Ed R. Levin County Park near Milpitas

Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Dong, Jiri, and Tony


Front-runners racing up the hill


Gotta touch the pole!


My son Danny (next generation INCH leader) made it there before me


It was a good day for flying men ...


... and birds -- we saw hawks and bald eagles (also two pairs of coyotes)


Heading up the back side of Mission Peak to avoid the crowds


Most of us did a side trip to Mt. Allison


Taking a break at the bench ...


... and then some people (I'm looking at you, Yipeng Liu) shortcutted down


The long long long downhill to end the hike


It's always a good time at the hike after-party


Cheers!

Honorable mention to Taylor, Maddie, and Danny and their friends Lori and Julia for doing the first few miles of the hike.

Most of the crew did a side trip to Mt. Allison. I'd never been there before, despite going to Monument and Mission Peaks 1000 times, so I did it twice. Next time, I'll make it part of the official hike.

Milestones:
Chinyet's 80th leaf
Peter's 510th leaf
Ross's 350th leaf
Sparky's 140th leaf



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