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First Hike of 2014

Postby boyblue » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:31 am

Our first hike of this new year was up Mission Peak. Not earth shakenly original, but better than no hike at all. ;-)

We started from the Ohlone College parking lot.
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Nora and Matt raring to go!
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Matt and Nora hitting the trail.
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Beginning the hike.
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Temps were a bit chilly. By the time we were within view of the peak, the cold breezes compelled us to don our wind shells and beanies.
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Hiking toward the peak.
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A snack break near the final push to the top.
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Matt and Nora taking a break.
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Hiking up the windswept north ridge of Mission Peak.
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Cold and windy.
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Near the top.
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The final push to the summit.
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Near the top.
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Yeah, someone actually carried a Christmas tree to the top of Mission Peak.Image
In front: Matt and Nora; boyblue behind

The usual circus at the summit.
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Descending the north side of the peak to avoid the crowds on the south side. We circled around to the east and eventually hooked up with the trail we followed from Ohlone College.
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Descending to the south. Mount Allison in the distance on the right with the com towers.
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I hope you all had a great New Years. I know we did (as you can see...).

Don't be shy! Post your first 2014 hikes here!
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Re: First Hike of 2014

Postby Greg Enright » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:07 am

Nice hike boyblue.

I was heading up to work today, and decided to stroll up to Devil's Eye to burn off a little excess energy. Devils' Eye is about a mile south of Devil's Gate Pass on Hwy 395.

After following deer tracks in the snow up a steep draw, the arch comes into view.
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Then I crossed some sagebrush slopes and got into the requisite thrash section.
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The scramble into the Eye was snowfree, which is pretty rare this time of year.
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Took an old fashioned selfie at the arch.
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Cool view to the west, toward Sonora Pass.
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A good time was had by all.
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Re: First Hike of 2014

Postby boyblue » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:58 am

Looks like a great hike Greg. I can see that if I lived near where you live, I would miss a lot of work. :)
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Re: First Hike of 2014

Postby simonov » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:16 pm

boyblue wrote:Don't be shy! Post your first 2014 hikes here!


Took the SOY kids on a five-mile Hoegee's Camp loop hike out of Chantry Flat in Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia. It has become our favorite Front Range hike.

Holy crap, a lot of kids showed up . . . at 5:45 in the morning!

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Re: First Hike of 2014

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:35 pm

Nice pics Gordon. But I thoughts those hills were supposed to be green after New Year's!
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