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San Jose, California
January 21-24, 2016
Grant Ranch County Park
Santa Clara County
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The Place

WINTER RETREAT / Joseph D. Grant Regional Park
January 21 - 24, 2016

Joseph D. Grant park, otherwise known as Grant Ranch, is the largest park within our county park system. Grant Ranch Park has 9,553 acres of open space. The trails are intricate and diverse. The entire trail system within the park totals 51 miles. The elevation gain is had with sweat and tears, as it is pretty steep. But the price is a fair one, once you get a look around, the views are spectacular. The landscape is characteristic of the East foothills. The hills are covered with low-lying grass and are scattered with majestic oaks. The oak-woodland community is said to be typical of California. The diverse oak community, which includes Blue, Black, Live and Valley Oak species, is a breeding and food habitat for over 70 species of birds. Keep a look out for the allusive Bobcat. Joseph D. Grant Park is located at the foot of Mt Hamilton. The valley, known as Halls Valley, is suspended between two major ridges in the Diablo Range. Seismic activity along the still active Calaveras Fault continues to alter the parks terrain even today.

Water Tank

Walking The Walk

Thursday: TBD

Friday: Scenic Overlook Level: 3 Miles: 7.5 Elevation: 1200 ft

Saturday: Antler's Point Level: 4 Miles: 13 Elevation: 1600'

Host: Anna J.

Our hikeS will take us to the highest points in the park. After setting up camp on Thursday and taking in a easy hike we will have a meeting around a warm fire and then off to an early bed as it will most likely be dark and cold (maybe even wet). Friday's hike will be to the South West up to the Vista View. Saturday we will head to the North East of the park up to Antler's Point. The hikes will be challenging but not too difficult as the valley's elevation does not exceed 3,000'.st

Field of oaks and fire road


Directions:
From San Jose: take 280 South toward the east hills. This will turn into Highway 680 as you pass Hwy 101. Take the Alum Rock exit and turn right. Go all the way through town to Mt. Hamilton Road and turn right. The park is only eight miles from this intersection but can take a good deal of time as the road has some serious turns. Use caution and give yourself enough time to arrive safely. PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT be camping in the new group campsite as it will not be finished in time for our campout. Instead, I have reserved 21 & 22 in the Halls Valley Campground.

These two sites can hold 16 people; which is the typical Winter attraction, so campsites #15 & 16 are the back-up. Those are non reservable but are also spacious enough for our group.

{Picnic bench at view


Know Before You Go:
This is a Winter Retreat, so please wear plenty of layers. The trails will bring us out in the open and high up in the hills. We will be exposed to both wind and possible rain. A wool hat or something to keep your ears warm is probably a good idea. We most likely will come across grazing cattle. Please leave these animals to their business. Though they look domesticated, they can become quite agitated and aggressive if threatened or frightened. We may also come across European wild pigs. Again, it is a real good idea to let these creatures be as well. The male pigs are quite large and I've heard they run pretty fast. If you are chased by one, head for a tree, I don't think they can climb.

{Picnic bench at view


Parking $6.00 for those of you whom are not camping
Camping is Now only $10 (v.$15) because we are not able to reserve the group site.
Dogs allowed on leash at all times