San Jose, California
March 26, 2005
March 26, 2005
Our Host Jim is sure to have an inviting
hike for everyone. We haven't visited Russian ridge for a few years,
and its location is very convenient for our San Jose fellowship. Trails
are a combination of dirt roads and single track hiking trails, all
well maintained and thoughtfully laid out with a quality hiking
experience in mind. The grade is gentle, and the surface is good,
though it can
be loose underfoot in places. Resist the temptation to cut
switchbacks to save a few feet of walking, it creates an erosion
problem and the footing can be quite hazardous.
This is a level and is about 5 miles.
The vertical climb is about 250 ft. We will take the Bay Area Ridge
Trail to Hawk Trail to Older Spring Trail back to Alpine Rd.
Parking Lot Trail. Bring water and snacks, sunscreen if sunny and bug
repellent. Dogs are ok on a leash only.
Rattlesnakes, being retiring creatures by nature, and this preserve
being popular with humans, you are unlikely to see one, especially if
you stay on
the trails. They are more active in the warm season, though, and
they like to sunbathe on the paths. As long as you don't actually
on one, they would rather get out of your way than bite you.
remember that all wildlife, including snakes, are protected by law in
Highway 17 South, exit at Highway 9, and follow it when it makes a hard
left in downtown Saratoga. Continue up the hill, and take a right
the Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd.) intersection, continue on Skyline for
about 5 miles and turn left on Alpine Road, and imediately turn right
into the parking lot with the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve sign.
Plenty of free parking here. Drive time from San Jose is about 45
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