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Palassou Ridge Secret Spring

PALASSOU RIDGE SECRET SPRING HIKE - Palassou Ridge Open Space Preserve

Hike Limited to 20 spots (5 cars total) - Registration Required!

Welcome to Palassou Ridge Secret Spring!

Join us for a 7-mile hike through a shady oak forest to the ridge top of Palassou Ridge. This is a steep-ish hike, but not a straight-up-the hill jeep trail kind of hike. Once the ridge top is gained, there’s a gentle, mostly shaded “stroll in the park” to the lunch spot overlooking two ponds. After lunch, it is an easy coast back down to the starting point for a round trip of about 7 miles of spring wildflowers and green scenery. Due to the location, this hike is limited to 20 people (and no more than 5 vehicles).

Come prepared with hiking poles, plenty of water, sun block, hat, and lunch. We recommend you wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good tread, dress in warm layers, and bring shoes specifically for walking across the creek. After crossing the creek and replacing the wet shoes with hiking shoes or boots and dry socks, the wet, creek-walking shoes can be left in a covered structure until the return.

Please call us at [masked] if you have any questions and RSVP here to reserve your spot now. This preserve is not yet open to the public and, due to limited parking, we may need to form car pools. 

PLEASE NOTE: Logistics do not allow participants to arrive late or leave early.

MEETING LOCATION:
McDonald's at 8390 Arroyo Circle in Gilroy
On map: http://tinyurl.com/8390-Arroyo-Cir

DIRECTIONS:

From 101 going south to Gilroy:
Exit at Leavesley Rd/152 West (exit 357).  Get into the left hand lane and, at the stop light, turn left onto Leavesley Rd.  Once on Leavesley Rd get into the right hand lane.  After crossing Arroyo Circle and passing the McDonald's on the right, turn right into the driveway just behind the McDonald's and turn right again into the outlet parking between McDonald's and the Outlet building.

From 101 going north to Gilroy:
Exit at Leavesley Rd/152 West (exit 357).  Get into the right hand lane and, at the stop light, turn right onto Leavesley Rd.  On Leavesley Rd stay in the right hand lane.  After crossing Arroyo Circle and passing the McDonald's on the right, turn right into the driveway just behind the McDonald's and turn right again into the outlet parking between McDonald's and the Outlet building.

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  • Kathy

    Hi all - We've got another hike coming up this next Wed. (4/30), on Palassou Ridge (east of Timber Ridge). Alice & I scoped out the route this last Wed. and were amazed by all the flowers! This time, the ascent is shorter and more gentle, the landscape is more open...and did I mention flowers? Here are some photos from our exploration: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1EZtmjNw4Ytnw Hope you can join us!

    April 25, 2014

  • Kathy

    Thanks everyone for a delightful hike on a lovely day in a beautiful setting with great company. Absolutely heavenly!

    April 17, 2014

  • Kathy

    Yes, thanks Al for your spectacular photos!

    April 17, 2014

  • Alice L.

    Thank you Al and Kathy for taking and posting the fantastic photos!

    April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would normally be perfect, but I have to wait for workers!
    :(

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join a carpool!!

    Shauna

    April 12, 2014

    • Kathy

      Where are you located?

      April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I can't make it now but thanks for the offer.

      April 15, 2014

  • Russell N.

    Sorry, Have to go see the Bone Dr.

    April 15, 2014

  • Kathy

    Looking forward to a great hike on Wednesday! Local hills are still mostly green and flowers abound. Looks like we'll have excellent weather, too. NB: We'll be meeting at the McDonald's at 8390 Arroyo Circle in Gilroy and car pooling to our starting point. Our hike will be on Timber Ridge in Palassou Ridge Open Space Preserve.

    April 14, 2014

  • Parul

    I wish it was on some weekend.. Me and my husband would have loved to join in but on weekday it's not possible... Looking forward to another one on some weekends soon

    April 13, 2014

  • Antonin G.

    Paste this into Google Maps:
    PALASSOU Ridge, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California

    April 11, 2014

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