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San Jose, California
June 27, 2015
Alum Rock Regional Park
Santa Clara County
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Alum Rock Regional Park
June 27, 2015




Alum Rock

The Place

Alum Rock Park has the proud heritage of being California’s first municipal park. Rich in history the land was turned over to the city in 1872 and was originally known as City Reservation. Between 1890 & 1940 many features were added such as Bath House, indoor pool, restaurant, aviary, zoo, carousel and the still standing pagoda and mineral springs grottos. A devastating flood occurred on March 11, 1911, leaving the park in ruins. Most of the original buildings built in the early 1900’s were removed in the ‘70’s. Today there is an active Youth Science Institute, Visitors Center and playground.

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The canyon sits in the foothills of the Diablo Range. There are just over 19 miles of hiking trails. The terrain is split down the middle with exposed North Rim and the shadier less extreme Southern Rim.

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Walking the Walk

We will start our hike from the first parking lot passed the kiosk. We will use the Stables Trail and a service road to catch the North Woodland Trail. Just past Inspiration Point we will cross the service road briefly to join the South Woodland Trail to the Southern Rim Trail to head up once again. The Southern Rim Trail takes us to the very end of the park (do not take Sycamore Switchbacks). These trails should shield us from the hot summer sun. Our before lunch hike consists of both elevation gain and loss. Our meeting site will be at the first available (unoccupied) picnic area; either Sachi’s Rest, Creekside or Live Oak. Immediately following lunch we head back to our cars on a nice flat stroll through the heart of the park.

Level: 2.5 - Miles: 6 - Elevation change: 1300' - Host: Anna J.

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Directions:

Whether you are coming from the North, South or Central San Jose, get yourselves to I-680 and then take the Berryessa exit. Head East toward the foothills (right from the south). Take the first right onto N Capital Ave. Then take a left onto Penitencia Creek Rd. In about 2.7 miles, this road takes you directly into the park. There is a small free parking out front but it is limited so please meet at the first parking lot beyond the kiosk. If you do not have cash there is a solar pay station at our meeting place. If you are prone to getting lost (Mitch) here is the address for your GPS: 15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose, CA 95127

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Know Before You Go:

Whether you are coming from the North, South or Central San Jose, get yourselves to I-680 and then take the Berryessa exit. Head East toward the foothills (right from the south). Take the first right onto N Capital Ave. Then take a left onto Penitencia Creek Rd. In about 2.7 miles, this road takes you directly into the park. There is a small free parking out front but it is limited so please meet at the first parking lot beyond the kiosk. If you do not have cash there is a solar pay station at our meeting place.

Hike start time promptly at 10am



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