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665. Mt. Sizer Loop (04/11/09)

Hikers (29): Chris, Clive, David, Diane, George, Harvey, Hima, Hoa T, Iyad, Jane, Janice, Jeanette, John, Karl, Lida, Linda L, Mark E, Padraig, Paul, Peter, Peter M, Peter Mc, Ross, Russ, Sarah, Stacy, Steve, Suzie, Tiffany
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park east of Morgan Hill

Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Karl

By present-day INCH standards, this felt closer to a good Level 4 than a Level 5, but I'll be darned if I'm going to do a Level 4 for my 400th, so the 5 stands!

Everyone made great time up the hill. A number of folks, including David and yours truly, set personal bests for their time from The Creek to The Bench. I did it in 32 minutes and change (2/3 my age).

Poor Karl remembered he'd left his camera at the creek about 1/4 of the way up the hill, so he had to go back and get it. Good thing, otherwise we wouldn't have these photos to enjoy:

INCH sets out at a furious pace

Paying respect to Big Henry (it didn't help)

The Man is already lost

About to cross the creek and head up the hill -- bring it on!

Beautiful view of the hills of Henry Coe

When you get to the open field at the top of Middle Ridge you're almost done!

Hoa T's 1st leaf
Jane's 10th leaf
Peter's 4th forest
Ross's 190th leaf

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