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1062. Rose Peak (12/10/16)

Hikers (17): Brad, Chinyet, Chris P, Craig A, Giulia, Hattie, Jeff, Karl, Mihail, Milon, Peter, Sophie, Steve, Tim R, Vicki, Xun L, Yipeng
Distance: 20 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Ohlone Regional Wilderness near Sunol

Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Karl, Xun, Sophie, Steve, and Craig

Some INCHers seemed confused by my instructions to wear Christmas Red

The slog begins ...

Xun brought her friend Hattie to her first INCH hike

First big uphill of the day ...

... still got a long way to go

Karl is all smiles before heading down into The Gulch

Photo op in The Gulch

Then the torture of the Big Burn begins!

The ladies are loving the Big Burn

Hattie enjoys the view from the top of the ridge

The storm hit shortly afterwards, but it did not dampen the celebration at Rose Peak

The water was flowing nicely at Murietta

Giulia and Jeff check out mighty Schlieper Rock on the way back

No matter how brutal the hike, there's always a rainbow at the end

The soggy aftermath, as demo'd by Karl

Brad's 170th leaf
Hattie's 1st leaf
Tim R's 50th leaf

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