1222. Coit & Kelly Lakes (06/28/20)
Hikers (28): Adam, Alan, Biz, Brad, Christina, David, Ellen, Fred F, Gela, George, Giulia, Hong, Jarda, Jeff, Jolly, Karl, Manfred, Mihail, Mikael, Milon, Peter, Praveen, Qi, Rainer, Rudi, Sandy F, Sophie, Yipeng
Distance: 18 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park near Morgan Hill
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Biz, George, Jarda, Karl, Mikael, Praveen, Qi, and Sophie
I planned a Sunday hike because the weather forecast said it would be about 15 degrees cooler than Saturday's high, which was predicted to be around 100 degrees. It was cooler all right -- in fact it was downright chilly at the start with high winds blowing along the top of the ridge (freezing at Coe in late June -- what are the odds?). That suited me just fine, but everyone else seemed pretty unhappy, which made me feel even better!
The route was a little different than last time, with the last leg taking us along Grizzly Gulch towards the Coyote Creek entrance, then up the Spike Jones trail and back down Steer Ridge. I had given people the option to bail out at Coyote Creek and walk along the road back to Hunting Hollow, but I am proud to report that nobody took me up on it, and no Pink Leaves of Weakness were handed out (a few people cut the corner from the top of Spike Jones over to Steer Ridge, but I let it slide).
All in all, we got 18 miles distance and 1 mile elevation gain on the day. Happy Sunday!
Mikael's notes: I did it even though I got lost for 2 miles after Mt Willson. As you can see I went down to Willson Camp as I was lost in the chilly and dense clouds. Then I caught up with Sandy on Wagon Road before Coit Lake. Finished at 6:26p. I suppose everybody finished 2h earlier!
Fred F's 1st leaf
Jolly's 10th leaf
Karl's 330th leaf
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