1238. Rancho Cañada del Oro (12/05/20)
Hikers (27): Adam, Alan, Arlene, Baltazar, Bjorn, Chinyet, Christina, Crystal, David A, Dong, George, Giulia, Iris F, Jarda, Jim, Kathryn, Kendra, Keung, Kevin, Mihail, Nagendra, Peter E, Rudi, Sarah, Sophie, Steve, Yipeng
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 3 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve near New Almaden
Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Keung, Chinyet, Dong and Jarda
This turned out to be the last hike of the year. It was planned to be Hong's Forest hike--complete with an icon on the map--but she bailed! Oh well, still a great hike with enough time for a post party before the early sunset.
Was happy to hear quite a few of the front-runners took this route, as it makes for less waiting at the end of the hike and adds a tiny amount of adventure. There is a (very) old road leading directly from Cottle Trail to a bridge which crosses Cherry Canyon Creek. I was with the middle of the pack and quietly took it. I came out near the back of the group, so had a chance to chat with some people on the way back for a change. Last time in 2020 as it turned out.
Kendra's 90th leaf
Sophie's 340th leaf
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