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583. Ohlone Wilderness Trail (09/22/07)

Hikers (10): David, George, Helen, Nani, Paul, Peter, Ramesh, Ross, Sabine, Steve
Distance: 28 miles
Rating: 6 difficulty, 9 beauty
Park info: Ohlone Regional Wilderness from Del Valle to Mission Peak

Write-up by Peter

As promised after the last OWT hike, we hiked the trail in the reverse direction this time, starting at Mission Peak at 7am on a rainy morning on the last official day of summer.

1, 2, 3, ... INCH!

The hike itself was fairly uneventful, except for the steady rain which followed us all the way from Mission Peak and past Sunol. Luckily it let up as we began the long climb up to Rose Peak from Sunol Backpack Camp (well, at least that's where I was on the trail -- most others were ahead of me).

I had expected the reverse Ohlone hike to be a lot easier than the "regular" Ohlone -- it was, but not by as large a margin as I had imagined. In particular, the stretch from the backpack camp to Rose Peak was definitely not as gently graded as I had thought it would be. Many others made similar comments after the hike.

Since it was definitely easier, I am downgrading it from a Level 7 to 6, partially due to the easier grade and partially due to the cool weather. Before the hikers rise up in revolt, keep in mind that a Level 7 is supposed to be twice as difficult as a Level 6. Mississippi Lake is a Level 6. Was this hike twice as difficult as Mississippi Lake? I don't think so.

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