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Santa Clara County
Hiking up the Steep Hill this morning I had to pause to catch my breath. While waiting for my pulse and lungs to recuperate from the climb- this is only a bit past half way up btw…I looked around. This was the lovely view I had. You can’t see the equipment box up here today it’s covered by our normal summer pattern of an overcast sky in the morning.
It’s getting hot early these days. I’ll have to start coming up here earlier next week.
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.