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945. Aquila Loop (08/30/14)

Hikers (27): Adam, Angelika, Arlene, Brad, Carissa, Chester, Christina, Dan, Erika F, George, Helen, Jane, Jeff, Jeff V, Karl, Kathryn, Michal, Moe, Nick, Paul, Peter E, Peter M, Ross, Sabine, Sarah, Sarbinder, Steve
Distance: 16 miles
Rating: 3 difficulty, 7 beauty
Park info: Alum Rock Park near San Jose

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

It was warm. There was plenty of elevation, but spaced out nicely. A newbie and an oldie went leafless. Chester sneaked in at the last minute as a +1 to get his forest.


Seconds before the INCH cheer


Completing the first gratuitous hill and heading for Boccardo


Up we go to Boccardo summit


Coming back down from the summit


Ahead is a benchmarked summit just off the new Aquila Loop


The benchmark


Some INCH ants


A bridge over no water


Toasty hillside


Coming back along the Sierra Vista Trail

Milestones:
Chester's 1st forest
Erika F's 1st leaf
Jane's 70th leaf
Jeff V's 1st leaf
Kathryn's 80th leaf



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