707. Rose Peak (01/02/10)
Hikers (22): Chinyet, Chris R, Diane, George, Harvey, Helen, Helen K, Isai, James W, Jeff, John, Karl, Mike, Peter, Robert, Ross, Rudi, Rufina, Sabine, Sandra, Steve, Tony
Distance: 20 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Ohlone Regional Wilderness near Sunol
Peter owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Helen and Tony
It was a beautiful hike to start out the new year. Trail conditions were the best I've ever seen on the OWT. Usually the ground is as hard as a rock, but today it was nice and cushiony, without being slippery, thanks to the recent rain. My knees thank the hiking gods. The weather was great -- nice and sunny once we got above the clouds, no wind, not too hot -- a perfect day for hiking.
Those who went straight to Rose Peak and back did 19 miles and change ... those who added in Maggie's Half Acre did 20 ... those who also did the side trip to Murietta did 21 (and a couple hundred feet more elevation) ... you know who you are!
Check out the rest of Tony's photos of the hike.
Rudi's 80th leaf
Tony's 1st leaf
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