Mount Sombroso 26 miles

CAUTION: Please bring enough sports drink and water.  At least 3L per person.  It's hot and not much shade on the trail.

 

Part of the Mt. Whitney Training.

 

From Los Gatos to San Jose on the Overgrown Trail. Incredible views of the whole Bay area from the top of Mount Sombroso.

It's an out-and-back hiking. The elevation change will be doubled.

Elevation: 2999 ft / 914 m

 

This will go from Novitiate Park (end of Jones Road).

Course: Jones Trail over to the Alma Bridge Road, left on Alma Bridge to the Overgrown Trail (aka Limekiln Trail). Overgrown to top of Mount Sombroso and down Woods Trail to Hicks Road. And all the way back.

http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_sierra_azul.pdf

 

Parking on the street, plenty of spaces

 

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/92419983/ (note I made a mistake by setting the out-and-back twice on the map)

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=... (google map)

 

Carpool: $10 per car, shared by driver and passengers.

 

Cupertino Sears Parking Lot, 8:00am

driver 1: Leo   + 3 passengers (David, Katie)

driver 2: Yanming + 3 passengers

 

Milpitas Ranch 99, 8:00am

driver 1: Fan Heq + 3 passengers (sylvia)

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  • John H

    @Jenny Lu, yes, I was surprised the trail was actually much prettier than last time I hike. I think we found the best time for hiking here.

    May 21, 2012

  • John H

    @Leo, I love hiking, not only for exercise, but also to see, feel, and capture the wonderful nature.
    @andy liu , I was using a Pentax K-5, with a 15-50mm F2.8 lens.

    May 20, 2012

  • andy l.

    Nice photo ! John用的啥相机?

    May 20, 2012

  • Leo

    John had taken so many nice photos, thanks a lot. I felt like the hiking is complete now with your photos. The wild flowers are actually pretty good, if not great.

    May 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    You guys rock! I respect all of you!!! -:)

    May 20, 2012

  • E

    @David, I understand now why I would miss seeing you & co at the trailhead. @Bill, Glad that you are came back early. @Sylvia: Consume ~4L of Gatarode water + 1 slice of WM + 2 sausage mcmuffins + 1 pair of socks in 10hrs

    May 20, 2012

  • bill c.

    Leo, thanks for waiting. I came back around 7pm. I turned the hike into a nature walk and surprisingly saw a doe and squirrel on the trail.

    Look forward to upcoming hikes.
    Ciao

    May 20, 2012

  • Sylvia

    报告: I finished close to 4.5L of water + 2 slices of watermelon yesterday. :)

    May 20, 2012

  • Sylvia

    I have upmost respect to all our event hosts. It's a huge responsibility and all volunteer work.

    May 20, 2012

  • Jing W.

    It was a good workout.
    A special thank for Leo's watermelon, and it was the sweetest thing I've ever had!

    May 20, 2012

  • Leo

    We wait till around 7:50 and checked with a hiker coming down from the limeklin trail. He didn't spot the last hiker, then we deduce that he had come down already and we left. Lucky he come back safe. David, let me know if you need to pick up your stuff or you can wait till our next meetup.

    May 20, 2012

  • Leo

    All 17 hikers made it. Thanks John to take care of Fan and Sylvia T. Glad to know everyone is back and safe, although some got a bit injury. Be prepared next time for tough hike.

    3 · May 20, 2012

  • bill c.

    Great people and nice views!

    May 20, 2012

  • Leo

    Heat heat, good test!

    May 20, 2012

  • E

    It is definitely an enjoyable experience to be hiking with a group of such motivated and exceptional hikers, especially having a slice of a delicious water melon at the mid point. Thanks Leo!

    May 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really nice trail, beautiful mountains, lots of trees, with some shade when climb -- thanks for pick this good trail. Great team and leadership!

    May 19, 2012

  • Katie

    Hot!Hot!Hot!Ha!Ha!I made it.謝謝Leo及其他牛人的信心相挺

    May 19, 2012

  • hailong t.

    谢谢Max的啤酒和Leo的西瓜

    May 19, 2012

  • John H

    Better than expected trail condition with lots of wildflower(still!). Great leadership team + energetic hikers. Nice hike.

    May 19, 2012

  • Sylvia

    有些树荫,有些凉风,Leo 背的西瓜是我吃过最甜最冷的, 非常感谢。
    今天,过瘾。
    Thanks for picking a good trail. It's better than I expected.

    May 19, 2012

  • Leo

    @Max, yes, start at 8:30am at the end of the Jones Road.

    May 18, 2012

  • John H

    I am half way in, or half way out of this hike. As some of you may know, I injured my left anchor during a hike about 10 days ago. Am getting better, but still not sure how much stress I could endure. So I am thinking just hike one way and exit at Hicks Rd, if I can drop my car at the Hicks Rd. TH, and someone here could shuttle me to Los Gatos(a bit less than half hr. drive) - a big if...

    May 16, 2012

  • Nancy Liu N.

    好吧,友情奉送tip一个: 吃东西是不用停下来的。需要准备一个敞口杯,装掰成小块的energy bar, nuts, chocolates, raisins..., 挂在肩带或者腰上。水最好是有水袋,带吸管的那种,所以喝水也是不要停下来喝的。所有的吃喝动作都是在走路时完成的,可以省很多时间。:) 。。。 能量记着随时补充,其实就是不要停止吃喝, 要随时吃喝,小口吃喝就好了。 唯一的需要停下来的时候,恐怕就是杯子里的东西吃完了,需要从包里拿些补充,需要停2分钟。 (手都打酸了,打中文真慢。:( 希望你们能破纪录哈:)

    4 · May 12, 2012

  • Leo

    @AndyL, we park on Jones road, with plenty of spaces. I'll consider the lake when planning the route.

    @Ruxi, guess you missed the Point Reyes 12 miles wild flower and beach hiking hosted by Jenny. It's easy and very social.

    May 10, 2012

  • andy l.

    How about hiking the other direction from Hicks Road to Lexington reservoir ? we can save some parking fee and the parking lot at hicks road is more close to the trail head. We can also enjoy the lake and have lunch by the beautiful lake

    May 8, 2012

  • Leo

    For endurance long hike like this, it is very important to eat/drink frequently to keep the energy level and hydration. This is not a warning. This is a requirement. :-)

    May 8, 2012

  • Andy W.

    Cumulative stopped time is just an hour?? Pace around 3-3.5 mph?? In Mt. Diablo hike we stopped 3-4 hour and group pace was just 2.8 mph sth...

    May 7, 2012

  • Leo

    I actually plan to break 3 times, 2 on the peak, 10 minutes each, and one on returning point, 15~20 minutes. It's important to eat/drink along the trail.

    May 7, 2012

  • Leo

    暴走 is the purpose. Don't expect too much on the scene, even though the peak has a great view of south bay. Also, please remember, it's up-down and up-down, out-and-back. 80% training purpose. 20% scene.

    1 · May 7, 2012

  • Leo

    Thanks Shuai for your info. 26 miles is 42 Km. Everything beyond 20 miles are much more difficult. I'll keep a spot for you now. Please let me know your opinion after Mt. Diablo.

    April 30, 2012

  • Kashin

    Yeah, I also think about this, the longest one I ever have was about 20km several years ago. I've the a 17 miles hike to mtn diablo this weekend, and will see if I can handle that.

    April 30, 2012

  • Leo

    Liu Shuai, this is a strenuous and long hike. Have you hiked long distance like this before? How is your pace? I don't know if you could catch up with the fast hikers here. Please let me know.

    April 30, 2012

  • Leo

    I think 9-10 hours should be archivable by most of our hikers, who plan to hike Mt. Whitney.

    April 18, 2012

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