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916. Grant's Mistress (02/15/14)

Hikers (22): Arlene, Brad, Christina, Clive, David, David A, George, Giulia, Helen, Iris, Jeff, Karl, Kathryn, Kevin, Moe, Peter E, Robert, Ross, Sabine, Sarah, Steve, Yipeng
Distance: 17 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 10 beauty
Park info: Grant Ranch County Park near San Jose

Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Moe, Karl, Giulia, and Iris

A fine hike, with great views and cool weather.

Jeff, Yipeng, Moe and I did an extra segment to check if an old bulldozed route could be used to make a bit of a loop (and add about a mile and 500 steep ft of elevation gain). It's worth mentioning Yipeng did not understand that we were deviating from the route, despite both Jeff and I double checking. Moe accidentally followed us. Good times!


Pre-hike map distribution


And we're off!


The regrouping point. . .


. . .and last week's make-up Tequila shot for Jeff's 200th


Moe takes a picture of Clive taking a picture of Moe on top of Peak 3312


Some under used trails


Last stretch to the summit


Lunch time


Views near the summit


Steve shares his keen legging fashion advice with Brad


Moe doesn't realize these three are taking a longer route back, so follows them. . .


A tree with a built-in bench--we had to stop


Hills not quite as green as our last visit, but still a great hike


The one and only creek crossing


Just when you think you're done, there is a bit more uphill


Only two downhill miles left once you hit Yerba Buena Trail


Cool oak near the end


Valentine post-party. . .


. . .means Valentine-themed food!

Milestones:
Karl's 160th leaf
Ross's 320th leaf



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