Alum Rock ParkSierra Vista Open Space PreserveBoccardo Loop Trail
In the early 1900s, Alum Rock park was famous for its mineral springs.
Old stone bridge.
Old mineral springs grotto; running water still visible in the back, reeking of sulpher.
Cool stonework bridge.
The fanciest drinking fountain you'll ever see.
Drinking fountain dome roof.
A beautiful Saturday, and the parking lot is nearly empty.
Starting up the trail.
Some of what we did was along the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
See the quail hiding in the grass?
Really, he's in there.
Views would've been lovely if there hadn't been so much haze.
Yes, we are going wayyyyyy up there.
Hiking companion Linda.
Way way way up there is where we be going.
Interesting tree along the trail.
The trail wayyyy below us.
Linda wayyyy ahead of me on the trail.
(Common) Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly.
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All the way at the top! 1895 feet above sea level!
Here we are! See the valley and mountains behind us? Us neither.
Santa Clara Valley, too bad it was a hazy day.
What we might have seen on a clearer day.
Looking east from here, there are a lot more peaks.
Looking north towards Mission Peak in the distance.
Looking towards Mission Peak, with antennas on top.
Looking down during our descent, interesting terracing--possibly from earlier times as a farm?
Most of the hike was on the open hillside in the sun, but this shady grove held a comfy bench.