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Sunset and Full Moon Hike on Steer Ridge in Hunting Hollow #OptOutside
Avoid the crowds of shoppers this Black Friday and join us for a hike to the top of Steer Ridge. We'll enjoy the golden light of the setting sun as we make our way along the ridge top, then stop for a bite to eat and watch the sun set behind the Santa Cruz mountains. After taking in the expansive views from 2600 feet, we will start our descent through hillsides bathed in moonlight. The hike: We will walk about 9 miles with approximately 2000 feet of cumulative elevation gain. We will climb to the top of Steer Ridge in the daylight via Lyman Willson Ridge Trail, traverse Steer Ridge during sunset, then descend along Jim Donnelly Trail in the moonlight. Duration: around 5.5 hours The pace: This is a strenuous hike, but we will keep a casual pace so that we can enjoy the views and talk about the park along the way. What to bring: sturdy footwear, clothing in layers, a hat, a sandwich or some food, plenty of water, a flashlight, a camera, and hiking poles if desired Approximate timeline for the day: 1:45 pm meet at Hunting Hollow to review maps / give folks time to get there 2:00 pm leave Hunting Hollow trailhead 3:48 pm golden hour begin 4:30 pm reach top of Steer Ridge / stop for dinner 4:51 pm sunset 5:40 pm blue hour end 5:42 pm moonrise (99%) 5:51 pm civil twilight end 6:22 pm nautical twilight end 7:30 pm return to Hunting Hollow parking lot GPS track for the curious ... Driving directions: Meet at the Hunting Hollow entrance over by the covered picnic table and bulletin board. For directions please visit ... Day use fee: Hunting Hollow is $6.00 per vehicle and self register. Please bring exact change for the iron ranger envelopes. Dogs: Sorry, only service dogs are allowed in Hunting Hollow. Cautions: The Meetup trip leaders and guides are volunteers willing to share their experience in a social hiking environment. Hiking risks include ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes and uneven trail surfaces. Each participant is responsible for evaluating their own hiking skills and stamina to determine if this hike is suitable for them to participate.

Henry Coe State Park; Hunting Hollow

4826 Gilroy Hot Springs Road, · Gilroy, CA

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Henry W. Coe State Park "Your Wilderness Next Door".

The Henry Coe Meetup group is for anyone interested in getting out into Henry W. Coe State Park, whether biking, horseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, taking photos, enjoying the beautiful vistas or just experiencing nature. Everyone is welcome.

We offer hikes/walks/rides for most interest levels; from 3 mile hikes with slight elevation gain to 10-15 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes are generally held on weekends but may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 2-6 hours. We explore many areas all around the Park. We have a few mid-week hikes, some of which are longer and reach deeper into our beautiful back country and the Orestimba Wilderness.

We also plan to present a series of "Saturday Evening Talks" and Sunday Ranger Walks. Check the website, Events calendar, for more details.

We will work with you to setup any kind of hike you and your group maybe interested in. Email us.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events or out on the trails.

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