Joseph D. Grant Santa Clara County Park: 21 May 2004

Latitude: North 37° 20.551’

Longitude: West 121° 42.996’

Photos by Neil Mishalov

JOSEPH D. GRANT SANTA CLARA COUNTY PARK is sited on the southeastern side of San Francisco Bay. At 9,553 acres, it is the largest of Santa Clara County's regional parks. The park landscape is characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley with both grasslands and majestic oak trees. The park is located in the hills that mark the eastern limits of the Sana Clara Valley, and is 49 miles south of my home in Berkeley, California.

The LICK OBSERVATORY is located on the summit of Mount Hamilton. The Observatory, at an elevation of 4,213 feet above sea level, is a leading astronomical research facility with a long history dating back to the 1870's. The Lick Observatory has been part of the University of California since 1888. Here is a LIVE WEB-CAMERA view from the summit of Mount Hamilton, 4,213 feet above sea level.

Some hike factoids and statistics: Time on the trail: 11:45 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. Number of hikers: 2. Distance covered: 11.1 miles. Total ascent: 2,190 feet. Maximum elevation: 2,995 feet. Route: Grant Lake Trail => Los Huecos Trail => Canada De Pala Trail => Antler Point => Pala Seca Trail => Canada De Pala Trail => Halls Valley Trail => Grant Lake Trail

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Topographic Route Map and Elevation Profile:

Data gathered with a Garmin GPS Map 60C

Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by National Geographic

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The main entrance to the 9,522 acre Joseph D. Grant Santa Clara County Park. We started our hike from the Grant Lake parking lot (elv. 1,580 ft.) We are climbing up Los Huecos Trail
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The weather was perfect for this hike. It was overcast, with patches of blue, and cool and windy Gene F. White and Neil Mishalov Lovely hills and California Live Oak trees
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This hike had some steep trails. This is a view of the Los Huecos Trail Up, up, up Almost at the top of this climb
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We continued to climb up the Canada De Pala Trail, heading north The views were lovely. This view is looking east from the Canada De Pala Trail
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We are rapidly leaving Grant lake A snake trying to catch some of the few rays of sunlight A view of the summit of Mount Hamilton and some of the Lick Observatory's telescopes
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The summit of Mount Hamilton is 4,213 ft above sea level. It is the tallest summit in the greater San Francisco Bay Area The first telescope and observatory on the summit of Mount Hamilton was built by Joseph Lick in the 1870's. In 1888 the observatory was given to the University of California.
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The "Line Shack." Probably former sleeping quarters for ranch hands who were working the back country. (elv. 2,600 ft.) Gene appears to be planning our next move Neil looks like he is ready to continue the hike
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Lichen covered rock A view of the "Line Shack" from Antler Point, the high point of this hike (elv. 2,995 ft.) Antler Point, elevation 2,995 ft.
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A view from Antler Point. In the hazy background is part of the metrapolis of San Jose, California (pop. 930,500 people) Heading south on the Pala Seca Trail We are heading back to Grant Lake, seen in the distance, the starting point of this 11.1 mile hike

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