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(BMHS) Grant Park Hike - The Left Side

  • Joseph Grant County Park

    18405 Mount Hamilton Rd, san jose, AB (map)

    37.323509 -121.669586

  • Park in the second entrance to your left. Simply follow the Grant Lake trailhead sign.
  • THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED due to weather condition.

    12/1/2012 Grant Park - The Left Side Sat 3C

    Hike length: 12+ miles with approximately 2,300 ft cumulative elevation gain

    Hike description: At 9,553 acres, Grant Ranch is the largest in the Santa Clara county park system. It is located at the base of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range of the Coastal Mountains. The landscape is characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley with grasslands and several species of oak trees, which provide breeding habitat and food for over 32 species of birds and 39 species of mammals. The park offers panoramic views of the Santa Clara Valley and beyond, as well as Mt. Hamilton and Lick Observatory.

    Join us for a figure 8, 12+ mile and 2,300 ft cumulative elevation gain hike in this beautiful setting. We will start at the Grant Lake trailhead and follow the Halls Valley Trail into the foothills. The Canada de Pala Trail will take us to the Pala Seca Trail and from there to Antler Point, the highest point of the park. We will reconnect with the Canada de Pala and have lunch at the historic hunters' cabin currently under restoration. The cabin was built in the 1800's, and Joseph D. Grant had it renovated in the 1920's when his pal Herbert Hoover became the president of the U.S. He did away with the outhouse and added a flushing toilet. After lunch, we will continue on the same trail, back to Canada de Pala and from there to the Yerba Buena Trail and the parking lot via the Loop Trail, a short, scenic trail running along a creek and a fishing pond.

    Expected duration of hike: 6 hours

    Carpool locations: 9:00 a.m. at James Lick High School at the corner of Alum Rock Ave. and White Rd.. From Hwy 680 or Hwy 101, take Alum Rock exit eastbound. Turn left on White and left into the parking lot. Park under the solar panels.

    Time to meet at the trailhead: 9:30 for a 9:45 a.m. start

    Directions to the trailhead: Take Hwy 101 or Hwy 680 to Alum Rock Avenue eastbound in San Jose. Turn right on Mt. Hamilton and travel approximately 8 miles to reach the park entrance. Go past the first entrance to your right. Do not turn there. Park in the second entrance to your left. Simply follow the Grant Lake trailhead sign.

    What to bring: This hike is quite exposed, so plan accordingly. You need at least two litres of water, sun protection, snacks/lunch, layered clothing, sturdy boots and hiking poles.

    Heavy rain cancels this hike.

    Call the leader only after 3:00 pm and on the date of the hike.

    Leaders: Despina Drymiotou,[masked], despinadrymiotou AT att DOT net

    This hike is co-listed with Sierra Club BMHS.  People signed up on this Meetup site is only a subset of participants.

    To attend one of our events, there is NO ADMISSION FEE, unless specified.
    This hike is intended for BMHS Members and prospective members. People may attend our events on a limited basis before joining BMHS. If you're interested in joining BMHS, please contact the hike leader.  The events posted here are only a very small subset of our regularly scheduled events which is available at

    All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver at the beginning of the event. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, go to:

    CST[masked]-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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  • Kathy

    Hi Despina and Sharon,

    According to NOAA, "SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL LATER SATURDAY AND INTO SUNDAY" is to be expected (though I imagine it will taper off as the day progresses). What are your plans for the incoming storm? Will you be posting here if you cancel? I'm game for a rainy hike, but am hoping to avoid an unnecessary drive if the hike is cancelled before 9:30 am.



    November 28, 2012


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