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Machu Picchu Conditioning Hike

  • May 11, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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This is a day trip hike, only for those going on Hugo's trip to Machu Picchu. Hopefully the hike will help in conditioning us for the Inca Trail.  Please put yourself on the waiting list and I will move you to the attending list.  The hike is being planned by Howard and I'm posting details for him. The hike will be roughly at an elevation of 7000 ft.  Not quite the elevation of the Inca Trail, but any higher and we run into snow at this time of the year.  The hike will last for about 4 hrs.

Hike Map

Be warned that the drive is about 4 hrs from the Bay Area so carpooling is a good idea.  Check with Google maps as to expected drive time and include time for stops. If you are a driver and want to be able to contact each other on the drive there, send me your cell phone number.  Cell phone reception may be bad.

You should wear the boots, clothes and day pack you plan to wear on the Inca Trail. Bring poles if you plan to use them and load up the day pack with at least 3 liters of water, snacks, rain gear, hat, sunscreen and camera.

Meeting Point

GPS Coords: [masked],[masked]

Click the Lake Alpine location near the top of the webpage fora Google Map

We will meet at Lake Alpine Resort and Lodge on Hwy 4 about 180 miles from Palo Alto.  When you enter "Lake Alpine" in your GPS it may take you to the closed campground and the website address for the resort takes you to a Bear Valley mailing address. So enter "Lake Alpine" and turn off into the Resort parking lot when you see the Lake (on the right) and Resort (on the left). Across the road from the Resort you will see a beautiful lake, boat dock, bathrooms and a beach. The Resort is closed at this time but you can pick up a Subway sandwich in the town of Arnold (2182 California 4, Arnold) about 45 minutes from the Lake.


MPORTANT NOTE: Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this hike and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, and first aid. Hike organizers make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities.By signing for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this hike.



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  • Heidi

    This was a great hike, very enjoyable and good practice for the Inca Trail hike. Thank you Howard for taking the initiative, and Edmond & Tom for helping to find the trail under the snow.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Edmond

    Trail details: Take trail to SilverTip Campground. Cross Hwy 4 to Fire Road 7N93 to top of ridge. Contine down to lake on Bee Gulch trail part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Roundtrip 6.6 miles, elevation 7300 to 8600 ft.

    May 12, 2013

  • David

    I'll be driving if anyone wants to carpool. Email me if interested.

    May 9, 2013

    • Tom


      May 10, 2013

    • Tom

      David What time are you leaving and from where? I am likely leaving Gilroy at 7-8AM; a 3-4 hour drive from Gilroy. Thank you. Tom

      May 10, 2013

  • Alison

    So sorry but something came up and I have to cancel... wish I could go... I was hoping to meet other peoples on the Peru trip that I didn't get a chance to meet previously. Hope you all have a great conditioning hike. Cheers :(

    May 9, 2013

  • Howard

    Hola, Wear the boots and clothes you plan to wear for The Trek. Load up your day backpack with all the items you will need for the day (water, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker, rain gear...). Poles are useful. Pole tip covers are required (REI) to protect the Inca Stone Trail. Be prepared and consider this hike as the first day on the Inca Trail!

    May 7, 2013

  • jackie

    Thank you Howard for planning the hike, looking forward to meeting everybody. ^_^

    May 6, 2013

  • Alison

    Ying and I'll be there!

    May 6, 2013

    • Alison

      Saying that, I want to confirm that this is going to be a day trip. I have to be back in town for Mother's day brunch! :-$

      May 6, 2013

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