My twice weekly morning constitution

I’ve been hiking up the “Steep Hill” twice a week in preparation for an upcoming July hiking trip.

The grade of the Steep Hill is more than 11% at its steepest. 11% the rest the way from what I can find on the web.

Once at the top if you continue on there are two more hills which by comparison are not steep at all, but brutal after the initial climb up . After that the trail flattens out and then descends. It’s quite a workout for a short 2.5 mile hike.

Here are some photos of the Steep Hill and one of the Mt. Umunhum taken while on my way up The Steep Hill recently.

The beginning of the trail and The Steep Hill

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Almost halfway up the Steep Hill

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Catching my breath, and enjoying the golden grass and blue sky.

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Mt. Umunhum shrouded in morning clouds. View from The Steep Hill

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2 thoughts on “My twice weekly morning constitution

  1. One of my friends said,” What an unusual name for a mountain.” I thought I’d elaborate. From Wikipedia-

    Mount Umunhum (Ohlone, meaning resting place of the hummingbird) is the fourth-highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California (after Loma Prieta Peak, Crystal Peak, and Mt. Chual). The mountain is situated in Santa Clara County, southeast of Los Gatos and south of South San Jose. The peak can be recognized in the South Bay Area by the large concrete box that sits atop the summit.

    Mount Umunhum is dusted with snow a few times a year.
    The summit of Mount Umunhum is the site of the former Almaden Air Force Station, an early-warning radar station that operated from 1958 to 1980. Most of the mountain is within the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The summit is closed to the public due to lead and asbestos contamination of the former Air Force site, as well as access issues with local property owners.
    The mountain is also the site of the Bay Area NEXRAD weather radar. The high elevation is necessary for line of sight in the region’s varied terrain, but it also limits the ability to detect storms with bases lower in the atmosphere.
    Sometimes referred to as “Mount Um” by locals, the mountain is a well-known landmark in the bay area.

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