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125. Steve's Superhike (06/19/99)

Hikers (2): Russ, Steve
Distance: 22 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty

Write-up by Steve

No one expected a big turn out for Steve's Superhike--it was 22 miles of largely uncharted territory, plus The Man was out of town. In the end, only Russell and your humble author showed up. That's too bad, because this was an awesome hike encompassing nine (count 'em, nine!) parks and open space preserves.

The hike is almost the entire contents of the "South Skyline Region" map published by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, hitting all the best peaks and sites along the way. A detailed mile-by-mile hike map was prepared ahead of time, but it goes something like this:

We met some fun people along the way, but besides the distance, most of the highlights have been touched in other write-ups (or were forgotten due to hike-related brain depletion). We can definitely say that the climb from Table Mountain (where we lunched with some mountain bikers) to Page Mill Road was the hardest part of the hike. Fortunately it did not come near the end, where even the slackest hills were seeming rather challenging.

Like every other day of the week, Russ and I jaw-jacked about women and stocks the first two thirds of the trip, but by the last third, Russ's skipping of the last few hikes (and typical avoidance of the really long ones) started to show and we spread apart. But he had to press on, for this was his 100th INCH hike; the forest icon would be his, and this hike would make it all the sweeter!

We were happily reunited at the car, where we quickly headed off to the nearest 7-Eleven to top off a most Slurpee-worthy hike.

Russ's 1st forest

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