Looks like we have a chance of rain, but that will not stop this hike! This will be a moderately-fast pace hike, stopping only at intersections to regroup. We will begin at the Hacienda Entrance off of Old Almaden Road. This is one of my favorite county parks, because of the views and rich mining history. This is a 10-11 mile hike with around 2,000 feet of elevation gain. This is not a hike for beginners.
We start by making a quick loop around the field next to the parking lot to check out some old mining equipment that will soon be part of an outdoor museum. After, we head straight up the hill to English Camp. Depending on the group, we may take a side trip to the old cemetery to add some elevation to the hike! Looping around on the Old Mine Road, we will enjoy some great views while maintaining a fast pace. While we will see some wild roses, this is not a hike to stop and smell them!
After stopping for a brief lunch, we continue on a long loop around the park and back to the Hacienda Entrance. I may stop at the nearby, newly renovated Casa Grande after the hike if some folks want to join me.
To carpool, meet me at 9:40 am at the county parking lot at the corner of Hedding and First Streets in San Jose. Or, meet at the Hacienda Entrance at 10 am.
Bring layered clothes, water, food, and good hiking shoes. Email the hike leader, Sparky Harlan, [masked], with any questions.