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the planned path.
This hike will start in Sanborn County park (about
10 minutes from downtown Saratoga), at elevation of about 1500', and will
climb up to Skyline Blvd where we'll take Skyline Trail to connect to Castle
Rock State Park. Here, we'll visit/climb the well-known sandstone formations
known as Castle Rock. Then we'll hike along the Saratoga Gap trail with
a beautiful view of the Santa Cruz mtn basin, to Castle Rock trail camp.
From there, we'll hike on the Loghry Woods trail, back across Rt35 (SKyline
Blvd) and to Summit Rock, which has a great view of Silicon Valley at over
3000'. Then from there, we'll retrace our steps back to Sanborn park.
The total distance is probably around 13-15 miles.
Elevation gain is around 2000 to 2300', and the loop is about 75% in the
shade, so it should be quite comfortable.
Schedule: carpool at 8:30 am, start
hiking 9 am, lunch 12 pm, finish hiking by 4 pm. This is not
a slow-pace hike, we will allot 1.5 hr for lunch and sightseeing at Castle
and Summit rocks, so hiking time is about 5.5 hrs, or about 14mi/5.5hr ~
2.55 mph. Only sign up if you feel you can keep up with this pace.
Bring: lunch, hat, sunblock, 2.5
or more liters of water, $2 for carpool, another $2 for parking fee. Carpool
is at Bijan bakery in Saratoga Plaza (Lions market) at Saratoga Av &
280 - address is 441
Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA.