952. Rock House Ridge (10/18/14)
Hikers (24): Adam, Brad, Carissa, Chester, David, David A, George, Giulia, Helen, Jackie, Jim, Kathryn, Milon, Monika, Nick, Peter, Peter E, Ross, Russell, Sarbinder, Shuli, Sophie, Steve, Thai
Distance: 19 miles
Rating: 4 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park east of Morgan Hill
Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Chester, Sophie, Giulia, and Peter
Showing up with sore knees and nursing the after-effects of too much to drink the previous night is a good recipe for suffering at the hands of Big Henry (as if he needed any help).
Highlights included the reverse Jackass Trail to get up to the Blue Ridge (instead of going via Sizer), and a fair amount of bushwhacking by various people to get to Hat Rock.
After that, it was pretty clear sailing through the Narrows past China Hole and up to Manzanita Camp before heading back in.
As predicted, I had a long, slow day dragging myself up and down the hills, but I survived. Mercifully, it was not a hellish hot day, so I actually downgraded the hike to a Level 4.
Honorable mention to Iris for doing about two-thirds of the hike, except for the namesake ridge, hence no leaf :)
Carissa's 180th leaf
Sophie's 151st leaf (and shot)
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