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1117. Bald Umunhum (01/21/18)

Hikers (24): Arlene, Baltazar, David A, Ellen, Giulia, HaJo, Helen, Jim, Karl, Kathryn, Ken T, Kendra, Kevin, Mihail, Nagendra, Rick K, Ross, Russell, Sarah, Sarbinder, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Yipeng
Distance: 15 miles
Rating: 2 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve near New Almaden

Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Karl

To make the hike into a loop (with two spurs), we had to be a bit naughty, but it worked out just fine. The trail to The Cube was closed this time, so we were re-routed up a different set of stairs to the summit (which was a win--new trail). The signs on both ends of the closed trail suggest that "asbestos and lead paint" were the issue, which seems odd considering they spent a boatload of money to remove those very things from the summit over the span of several years. Perhaps they were just re-using the old signs. . .

Almaden Reservoir in foreground, Calero Reservoir farther back, from Bald Mountain

Checking out the viewpoint near Bald Mountain

So close, yet so far

INCH chills in the mystic circle

Nagendra's 80th leaf

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