This is a non-BART hike event ...a urban city walk and visit to the 2014 Gilroy Garlic Festival at Gilroy's largest local park venue (Christmas Hill Park), second to Gilroy Gardens (a regional theme park).
For those who like food festivals and more ...food (especially garlic fries, garlic ice cream, ...), drink (especially beer, wine or lemonade), garlic, hot weather (likely high 80s, if not 90s), dust, garlic, haybales, horses, crowds of people (30,000+ per day), food, garlic, a festive music environment, hot weather, arts & craft shopping and/or walking or hiking this is the event for you...The 36th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival...I understand one of the largest food festivals in the country...if this is your first time, come for the experience...
A forecast of high 80s or 90s is typical for this time of the year ... be prepared with proper clothing, caps, sunblock and water...
Below is a link to the weather forecast -
We will meet between 9AM and 10AM at my place (422 Willy Ct, Gilroy CA 9520) - take Leavesley Rd from US101 heading west and take Murray Ave heading north and take Willy Ct heading east. Park in front of my home or nearby.
If you have questions or need to reach me, my number is 408-218-5798.
We will leave my place at 10ish and cross town (approx 3 miles - about 1 hour) to the festival. If you choose to meet at the park...good luck (so many vehicles and people every where). If you do, let me know and we can meet at the park.
If you come from the north: my suggestion is to take Monterey Road to Leavesley Rd.
Overall, you will trek between 6-8 miles, depending on extent of walk within the venue, bring proper shoes (uneven turf surfaces)...
As this is a large event (lots of entertainment, etc) and big fundraiser for south county community groups there is an entry fee ($20, $18 online).
After enjoying the festival, we will trek back (approx 3 miles - about 1 hour) at 4ish to my place.
We can leave sooner and enjoy an after event around the pool ...
For those shoppers that want to shop afteward, the Gilroy Oulets is nearby...
Here is a link to the festival website:
Go to Attendee List