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Communications Hill - 223 Stair Steps

  • Apr 10, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Communications Hill - 223 Stair Steps

Directions: Click HERE

Distance: 4.1 Miles

Elevation: 800 Feet.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 hours.

Type: Stairs and Hills

Pace: Slow Pace with breaks. We will wait for people.

Make sure to bring enough water, snacks.

This is the route

Click HERE


Distance: 4.1 Miles

Then we can do the stairs,

after we go back up those hills.


Meeting Place:

We will meet on the corner of Hillsdale and Communications Hill Blvd.

Please click HERE for the meeting location (after you parked your car)


Please find the parking along the street, the meeting place is
just down the street at the entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes early to find your parking.

What to bring:

A lot of water.

Warm Jacket, hat, and gloves.

First Aid Kits.

Hiking Poles.












A little History:

The San Juan Bautista Hills, as the highest point in the middle of Santa Clara Valley, are a particularly suitable location for communications transmission. In the 1950s, the Santa Clara County Communications Center needed a new location, having outgrown its facility on Tully Road. The Center also needed a high point from which to transmit. The Center constructed its new home atop Oak Hill at the end of Canoas Garden Road in 1960. Presently 11 microwave transmitters are maintained at the County Communications Center by the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Center also transmits in radio waves. The County Communications building is in a restricted access area, on stable bedrock, and is seismically reinforced, to help it survive a major earthquake or other disaster. The County communications tower stands 435 feet above sea level. In the 1970s, AT&T Company followed suit and built a communications tower just south of the County center. AT&T’s tower stands 430 feet above sea level and AT&T operates five microwave paths. These prominent features lead the area to be called Communications Hill.



Please be aware that we expect you to take responsibility for your safety while we are out on the trails. This means being prepared with adequate hiking gear and making sure the difficulty level of the event IS NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning. We understand that your "Yes" RSVP to this event means you accept this.

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Communications Hill Tower

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  • Marouan

    Stuck in traffic

    April 10, 2014

    • Marouan

      I made it late so I missed you guys. Had a walk myself it was beautiful

      April 11, 2014

    • Teri G

      It really is! My first time there.

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join tonight, but have not paid my membership fee yet.

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, not feeling well enough for this, throat is still hurting.

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, can someone let me know if this hike is comparable to mission peak, or less strenuous? A response is appreciated. Thank you.

    April 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, it's given me the boost I need, trying to get healthy and fit again

      April 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've had a sore throat for 2 days, hoping it's better later today.

      April 10, 2014

  • Steven - Milpitas Social G.

    Lily and Echo,
    Please send us your email address so we can PayPal you. Do not move yourself back until we processed your membership payment.

    April 5, 2014

    • Steven - Milpitas Social G.

      Lily and Echo, we hpoe you saw this note. We will put you guys back in the waiting list again. You need to send us your email so we can PayPal you for the membership fee. It would be fair for other people that paid to attend our events and for you guys to do the same, too.

      April 7, 2014

  • Steven - Milpitas Social G.

    If you have no-shows on your record, your picture is not YOU and haven't paid for your membership (only for people joined after December 1, 2013) you will stay on the waiting list unless we have open spots. Also, we will check people in at the trail head at the beginning of the hike. You will be marked NO-SHOW for this hike if you RSVP yes and not there this Saturday.

    April 4, 2014

  • Kelly N.

    Sounds fun!

    1 · March 12, 2014

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