Jon Kennedy
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Los Gatos Creek Trail, Segment Four
Part Two, St. Joseph's Hill

The first part of this three-hour hike, published Saturday, left off with a choice to take the bicycles-prohibited "high road" just west of Forbes Mill Museum to go the rest of the way to Lexington Reservoir. I looked ahead as best I could and figured the left or southern "high" parh would be only a bit more challenging and longer than the apparently easier right path. Though I said as I began the narrower path that I could always turn back if it turned out to be too challenging, my stubborn determination won over my lazy good sense and I soon found myself scaling St. Joseph's Hill, a 1,250-foot mountain which, from the clearing at the top, offers spectacular views back to Silicon Valley and beyond to Lexington Reservoir. Being a bright sunny January day, the views to the county reservoir, and the video, were brilliant.

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I incorrectly guessed that the left path would parallel the Los Gatos Creek on the left or south side as the right path—wider, straighter, and with less increase in elevation—parallels it on the right. For the first 100 yards or so, that was the case, with the path squeezed between the bottom of a steep hill or small mountain and the creek. But then the dirt path, occasionally pocked with mud pubbles, veered to a sharper left angle, to ascend the mountain, and then began to traverse a series of switchbacks to lessen the degree of the ascent. Finally atop the hill I came out on a field with great views across the canyon (with the freeway, the creek, and both trail paths at the bottom) to houses percehed on the opposite hillside. I subsequently learned this was St. Joseph's Hill, now a public open space. I continued west past a high-tension electrical line, some of the wires of which actually dipped into the canyon below my current elevation.

Next: the reservoir and making the way back as afternoon turns to night.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. . . A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

C.S. Lewis (1909 - 1963)

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