This will be about 9 mile hike [moderate+, can be strenuous for some] at this beautiful park.
We'll have lunch/nap next to a pretty lake in the remote area of the park :).
Hike Highlights: oak forests, meadows, grasslands, cows, ridges with views, lake, ponds and fun people :)
This park is known for wildlife too...
We'll meet at the parking lot at the trailhead at 11:00am
Directions: [It's about 1 hr 15mins from SF]
From Highway 101 or 680 in San Jose, take Alum Rock Ave. exit.
Go east toward the hills on Alum rock ave.
Turn right on Mt Hamilton Road [you will see a sign 130 Mt Hamilton Road]
After about 7.6 miles, you will get to the park's main entrance on the right.
Turn right into the park road.
You will pass through the entry kiosk.
Here is the important part
The parking is a bit confusing there...
After you pass the entrance station there, keep driving straight on the park road.
You will pass a big parking lot with restrooms on the left.
Do not go in there. Keep driving straight.
You will reach a split in the road with a roundabout [according to google aerial view :)]
Take a left there and you will be in a parking lot with restrooms.
Park and meet near the restrooms there.
I think there is a fee of $6 to park here....
Here's the parking lot we'll be meeting:
Here's a map to help with the parking:
Map for Parking
Above is just to get an idea...use the GPS coordinates below and look at a map to figure out the directions :)
GPS coordinates for the park turn: N[masked] W[masked]
Google Map Link
Here's the google streetview of the park entrance:
There is another dirt parking lot on the left side of the Hamilton road just past the park entrance. If you see that, you missed the park entrance.
No dogs allowed in the park :(
Bring lunch and something to share if u like. :)
See u there!
Disclaimer: Its your own responsibility to look after yourself on the hike if u decide to join us. You assume all the risks including sharing my lunch :)
NOTE: As usual since meetup site has removed the maybe option, feel free to sign up as yes and not go or not sign up and just show up...or whatever other combinations possible ;)