A Journey To Santa Teresa Park and a Hike

I rode about 11 miles to Santa Teresa Park and went on considered one of my favourite hikes, a steep jaunt as much as Coyote Peak, then a descent by way of a extra circuitous route with a gentler grade on Hidden springs path. It reached 100 levels later within the day, however I left further early to beat the warmth. It helps {that a} good chunk of the hike was shaded.

I began the hike alongside the Ohlone path, named after the Native People who lived on this space. It’s a stunning rolling path skirting the foothills, favored by runners. That is the Santa Teresa golf course and the Santa Teresa neighborhood of San Jose from the path:

I turned left up the Coyote Peak path from Ohlone. This can be a steep climb however fantastically shaded with Oaks, laurels, and different timber:

The shade occasion is over some time later once you enter grass and shrub nation. The tower is on high of Coyote peak. It appears deceptively shut right here however the path to get to it’s roundabout:

Closing Strategy up the shoulder of Coyote peak, with the Santa Cruz mountains within the distance and a peek on the Almaden valley to the appropriate:

View from the height in the direction of downtown San Jose, sadly a bit obscured by smog. There are 1,000,000 folks in San Jose, two million in Santa Clara county, and tens of millions extra within the adjoining Alameda and San Mateo counties. All of that’s sprawled out north of right here:

However what I like about this space is that with all that inhabitants, folks have fought arduous to place apart plenty of open area. That is trying extra to the left from the identical spot. This appears out on hundreds of acres of open area:

A selfie to show I used to be actually there:

That is seeking to the south in the direction of Morgan Hill. El Toro is the bump you see simply to the appropriate of heart. It appears tiny from this distance however is definitely 1427 ft:

I like this image as a result of it appears like one thing from a “post-apocalyptic” film. When IBM analysis was constructed within the early ’80s, they donated 150 acres to Santa Teresa park, and likewise funded a brand new Bernal highway. That is the outdated deserted Bernal highway, the place hidden springs path crosses it. Mom nature has been reclaiming it for greater than three many years:

A facet journey up Laurel Canyon on the best way again. This was actually fairly, the image doesn’t do it justice. And it was getting hotter by this time so the shade was welcome: