1122. Kelly Lake (02/24/18)
Hikers (17): Adam, Arlene, Baltazar, Bjorn, Brad, Chinyet, Christina, Karl, Kevin, Mihail, Peter, Piotr, Robert, Sarbinder, Sophie, Steve, Yipeng
Distance: 22 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park near Gilroy
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Chinyet and Karl
Karl's stats on the day: 22 miles, 6200 feet eg, 4200 calories burned. A good day's work!
For me, it felt good to be back after a long layoff, but I paid the price, especially during the last half of the hike. The downhills just killed my knees and I had to keep taking breaks. I think it took me well over an hour, maybe an hour and a half, to come down the Middle Steer Ridge. I finally staggered in after the 9-hour mark. Big Henry knows how to welcome back old friends.
We lost Arlene for a while, but she eventually made her way out. There would be no "Arlene Junction" named on this day. Sorry, Kevin :)
This was also supposed to be Russell's 151st hike, but his car mysteriously died less than a mile from the trailhead so he had to skip the hike. Russell's car was smarter than me, but then again, that's not saying much.
Honorable mention to Manfred and Susan CF who did the first 2/3rds of the trail with us while carrying heavy backpacks. They picked a freezing night to camp at Kelly Lake -- they could have used some 151 to keep them warm.
Brad's 210th leaf
Chinyet's 140th leaf
Karl's 270th leaf
Mihail's 1st forest
Robert's 151st leaf (and shot)
Sophie's 260th leaf
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