CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve: Mount El Sombroso Hike

  • November 17, 2012 · 10:15 AM
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FINAL STATUS UPDATE at 6 PM Friday: HIKE IS CANCELLED due to forecast of 80% chance of rain and high winds which we would be especially exposed to on Mt El Sombroso. I will reschedule the hike sometime in early 2013.

 

Hello All,

Overlooking the town of Los Gatos and the south bay, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District's largest preserve. The environment of Sierra Azul is strikingly varied, including grasslands, chaparral, dense stands of bay trees and shady oak trees. Mount El Sombroso at 3000 feet altitude looms over Los Gatos and will be our conquest on this hike.

With a hike length of 12 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain, our hike will be somewhat tougher than our usual intermediate level. Please consider your physical condition and make sure you are able to handle a tough intermediate-level hike. *More details are listed below.*

NOTES ABOUT CARPOOLING:
1. WE WILL BE FORMING CARPOOLS WITH FULL CARS IN LOS GATOS for this hike since parking is limited near the trailhead.

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *DO NOT POST COMMENTS* TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO PRE-ARRANGE CARPOOLS. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE IN YOUR RSVP INDICATING IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!

SUMMARY OF OFFICIAL CARPOOL POINTS and KEY TIMES (details below):
9:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, PALO ALTO CARPOOL
POINT
10:15 AM: Los Gatos Northside Municipal Parking Lot, LOS GATOS
STAGING AREA FOR FULL CARPOOLS TO TRAILHEAD
IMPORTANT NOTE: On this hike the trailhead meeting point will only be revealed at the Los Gatos Staging Area to make sure we have full carpools going to the hike starting point. This rule is necessary this time since parking at the trailhead is limited.


5:30 PM: Estimated end time of hike (back at trailhead)

OPTIONAL DINNER AFTERWARD in Los Gatos area.

Details are posted below.

I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,
Julio M.

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Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve: Mt. El Sombroso Hike, Nov. 17, 2012 - Sat
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DESTINATION: Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (near Los Gatos)
DATE: November 17, 2012 (Saturday)
TOTAL LENGTH OF HIKE: 12 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 3000 feet
Further information about Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve at URL:
http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_sierra_azul.asp

DRIVING DISTANCE/ TIME FROM PALO ALTO: 22 miles / 30 min. approx. each way

COST: Mileage ($15 from Palo Alto to be split by carpoolers in car)
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 3-4 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover costs associated with the Meetup group.

ORGANIZER: Julio M.(contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather.

RSVP REQUESTED

CARPOOLING:
1. WE WILL BE FORMING CARPOOLS WITH FULL CARS IN LOS GATOS for this hike since parking is limited near the trailhead.

2. As usual, CARPOOLS DEPARTING FROM THE DESIGNATED CARPOOL POINTS ARE NOT GENERALLY PREARRANGED and are formed at the carpool location on the morning of the hike. So you can just show up and take it from there! This has worked fine every time. See the official carpool point meeting location(s) and time(s) below.

3. If you prefer to pre-arrange a carpool from areas not near the designated carpool point(s), PLEASE *DO NOT POST COMMENTS* TO THE WHOLE MEETUP GROUP TO PRE-ARRANGE CARPOOLS. Such postings lead to too much e-mail traffic on the list, and we have had lots of complaints. INSTEAD, PLEASE INCLUDE A NOTE IN YOUR RSVP INDICATING IF YOU NEED A RIDE, CAN OFFER A RIDE, OR BOTH AND FROM WHAT CITY (FOR EXAMPLE: “CAN RIDE OR DRIVE, MENLO PARK”). Then contact drivers or riders directly through the person’s profile or otherwise. Thanks!


MEET:
9:30 AM at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave.,
Palo Alto (meet at Calif. Ave. entrance to parking lot): PALO ALTO
CARPOOL POINT.
Google Map of location: http://g.co/maps/wq6yv
NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point
NOTE: The meeting time at the California Avenue Caltrain Station in
Palo Alto allows people to conveniently take Caltrain from
SF and stations on the Peninsula if they are so inclined.

10:15 AM at Los Gatos Northside Municipal Parking Lot at 150 Highway
9 /Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (between University Ave & Santa Cruz
Ave., Los Gatos, CA: LOS GATOS CARPOOL STAGING AREA
Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/Uvsx
NOTE: On this hike the trailhead meeting point will only be revealed at the Los Gatos Staging Area to make sure we have full carpools going to the hike starting point. This rule is necessary this time since parking at the trailhead is limited. We will meet near the Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (Hwy. 9) entrance to the lot.
NOTE: Organizer will be at this carpool point to help organize the carpools.

ESTIMATED FINISH TIME: 5:30 PM (back at hike starting point)

OPTIONAL DINNER AFTERWARD in Los Gatos area.

BRING: sunscreen, lunch, plenty of water, coat (in case it is windy and foggy), all the usual stuff. The trail is exposed over a large section so wearing a hat is advisable.


ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Overlooking the town of Los Gatos and the south bay, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District's largest preserve. The environment of Sierra Azul is strikingly varied, including grasslands, chaparral, dense stands of bay trees and shady oak trees. Mount El Sombroso at 3000 feet altitude looms over Los Gatos and will be our conquest on this hike.

Our route will start on the Limekiln Trail which will take us through lovely oaks and bay trees as we go through several small canyons. Next, we will join the Priest Rock Trail which will take us along the edge of a striking gulch to the Kennedy Trail. The Kennedy Trail will take us through a variety of settings with lovely oaks and grasslands on our way up the flanks of Mount El Sombroso.

A short section on Woods Road will take us to the summit of Mount El Sombroso and the lovely views from its top. We will then retrace our steps on Woods Road to the upper segment of Limekiln Trail which will take us to the lower section of Priest Rock Trail, returning us to the starting point of our hike.

DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Los Gatos Northside Parking Lot Full-Carpool Staging Area. Google Map showing route: http://goo.gl/maps/qGgNi

- Take the I-280 SOUTH ramp towards SAN JOSE
- Exit to HIGHWAY 85 heading south TOWARD GILROY
- Take Highway 85 to HIGHWAY 17 TOWARD SANTA CRUZ (SOUTH)
- Take Exit 20B for Los Gatos
- Go 0.5 miles & parking lot will be on your right.
- Los Gatos Northside Municipal Parking Lot at 150 Highway 9/Saratoga-Los
Gatos Road (between University Ave & Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA:
LOS GATOS FULL CARPOOL POINT STAGING AREA.
Google Map of location: http://goo.gl/maps/Uvsx

MEETING POINT: Near Highway 9 / Saratoga-Los Gatos Road entrance of the parking lot

Trip "leader":
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
Find out about coming hikes at my meetup.com group:
http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

 

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  • Jeff

    Rain in our future?

    November 16, 2012

    • Radhika R.

      so will the hike be canceled then??

      November 16, 2012

    • Jeff

      If so, we can all go out for coffee in Los Gatos for four hours.

      2 · November 16, 2012

  • Angie B

    You might consider Los Gatos Brewing Company, a pub with plenty of food and drink options. They can accommodate large groups and take reservations on line.

    November 11, 2012

  • jeff p.

    Where do we meet for the hike? Where can we park our car?

    November 11, 2012

  • Gracie

    what's the elevation gain of the hike?

    November 8, 2012

  • Radhika R.

    How long can we expect the hike to last? And how many miles? incline?

    October 15, 2012

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