On Saturday I took a break from various projects around the house to do a quick hike at the Mt. Eden trailhead at Stevens Creek County Park.
Raleigh and I went left at the start of the trail, down along the edge of the neighborhood there to the small corral (with 3 horses and 1 pig, as I noted in a previous post). I had my altimeter and took careful measurements to see how much climbing this trip involved.
You go up maybe 25 feet from the parking lot, then descend to a little dry creekbed close to the road, then climb up another 25' or so to the washed out section of trail, then descend to the corral. That's at 725' (according to my altimeter). From there it is uphill the whole way to the end of the trail at the vineyard.
As you can see, it was getting dark. That spot was at 1375' give or take. So 650' climb from the bottom. Add the little uphills along the way and it's a 700' gain for this loop. Obviously, it is way more if you take the loop in the opposite direction :-).
Nothing much to note along the way. It's just nice to be able to get out and away from civilization within a 15 minute drive from one's house.
Hike total: 2 miles, 700' elevation gain
2007 totals: 108 miles, 25,300' elevation gain