Photos by Neil Mishalov
Gene, Dave, Betsy and I did a 14.7 mile hike to the top of Mount Sizer in HENRY W. COE CALIFORNIA STATE PARK. The park, at over 87,000 acres, is the largest state park in northern California. The park is about 60 miles south of Berkeley "as the crow flys," and about 90 miles by road. It took one hour forty five minutes to drive to the park.
We started this hike at 8:45 a.m., and finished at 4:00 p.m. The temperature was mild and the visibility was good.
All photographs were taken with a Canon S50 camera
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Topographic Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed
Hike data gathered with a Garmin 60C GPS RECEIVER
Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Satellite Photo Map of the Area with a GPS Tracked Route Superimposed
TerraBrowser satellite mapping program for Macintosh OSX by CHIMOOSOFT
GPS track converter by GPSBABEL
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|Henry W. Coe State Park consists of more than 87,000 acres of wild open spaces; it is the largest state park in northern California||8:45 a.m.; we are ready to start the hike. The starting point is at the site of the old Coe ranch||Betsy climbing up Monument Trail|
|A view of Mount Hamilton (4,209 feet) from the south. At the top of Mount Hamilton is the Lick Observatory, which is operated by the University of California at Santa Cruz. The observatory has been in existence since 1888||Descending Hobbs Road Trail to Coyote Creek||This is a descent of 1,170 feet in 1.6 miles|
|We will be climbing up to this ridge top after we get to Coyote Creek. If you look closely, you can see the trail we will ascend. It is just to the right of the middle of the picture, and the trail is going straight up||After we crossed Coyote Creek we started our climb to Blue Ridge. Gene and Dave are cranking up the Hobbs Road Trail.||This is an ascent of 1,500 feet in 1.4 miles. It is a relentless climb|
|I am looking down on the trail we just ascended; more climbing ahead|
|In the distance, to the west, is Loma Prieta mountain (3,791 feet)||Lunch at the summit of Mount Sizer (3,216 feet)||Having lunch and looking at the beautiful clouds as they skitter by|
|Heading south on the Blue Ridge Road Trail after lunch||Dave is looking at Pinnacles National Monument in the distance||The mountain range in the distance is the location of Pinnacles National Monument|
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This page created on 12 May 2005, and all photographs copyright 2005, by NEIL MISHALOV