Upon finding the trailhead, I was surprised to find it "closed until made safe for entry." After some investigative work I discovered this was due to the recent fire near Loma Prieta. Knowing the fire was no longer active, I snuck by the fence and started the trek up, if I found the trail to be dangerous I vowed not to push on.
Turns out they blazed a firebreak right through the high point of (K?)nibbs Knob and it crosses the trail a few times to the east. It's still a bit messy in places. Although the trail was safe for hiking by my judgement, I definitely underestimated the relentless incline.
Took me a little over an hour going up and about 20 minutes to make it back down, slowing my jog to sneak past the campgrounds and avoid being seen at the trailhead.
Not much for views due to an incoming storm. Steep but short descent from Summit Road on the Knibbs Knob Trail. Summit Road is open to all traffic to the upper Knibbs Knob TH for Uvas Canyon County Park. It's signed 'Private Road' beyond this point.
A three hike day, first Mount Misery the this short walk up from Uvas Canyon to the nondescript "summit", finally El Toro near Morgan Hill.
From Uvas Canyon bottom trailhead. Steep, yes. Hot, yes. The final tenth of a mile in the trees was magical, swallowtail butterflies gracing the air. A view of Loma Prieta. And then on to Loma Prieta.
I prefer the grand scenery and gradual terrain of all the other trails in the park for trail runs and family hikes, but must admit that the steepness of the Knibbs Knobb rout has lured me to jog it or hike it on at least a few occassions.
Wandered up to the summit road before heading back down. Quickie Sunday morning hike.
Quite the steep trail up to Knibbs, followed by gentle road walking to the summit of Loma Prieta. Saw a maintenance worker on top but he said it was fine that I was up there. Trip report is HERE.
Made the big climb from below in 2008, but have also done it from up above since then. Quite a famous climb in the Bay Area in addition to Mt Sizer!
Short hike. Trip Report.
The first time I climbed this was with son Stephen.