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Santa Teresa Park Pictures

Santa Teresa Park Wildflowers, Spring 2002

Mine, Fortini, Stile Ranch Wildflowers, 4/11/08

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge Wildflowers, Feb-Apr. '08

Bernal Hill wildflowers and views, Feb-Apr. '08 Part 1, Part 2

Coyote Peak, Rocky Ridge, Feb-April '08


Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Stile, 5/4/08

Outdoor Photography Class/Wildflower Walk, Bernal Ranch/Hill 4/4/09

Geocaching Class, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 4/11/09

Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/3/09

Healthy Trails Hike, Fortini, Mine, Stile Ranch Trails, 5/9/09

Santa Teresa Sunset Pictures 2/7/10

Norred Trail Workday, 3/13/10


Pre-Mother's Day Walk, Fortini-Mine-Stile Ranch Trail, 5/2/10

Family Fandango 8/21/10

Spider Night, Bernal Ranch, 10/30/10

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday, 11/16/10

Family Fandango, 8/13/11

REI Stile Ranch Trail Workday 11/5/11

Stile Ranch Trail Sunset 1/29/11

Santa Teresa Park Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows Pueblo Area, Ridge Trail, January 30, 2011

Facebook Album: Santa Teresa Park, 11/20/11

Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/2/11

Facebook Album: Coyote Peak 12/3/11 (Chris Horii)

Facebook Album: Bernal Hill Hike, 1/8/12

Facebook Album: Pueblo Area Sunset, 4/11/12

Wildflower hike, Mine, Stile Ranch, Fortini Trails, 4/22/12

Waterfall, Rainbow, and Clouds, 12/26/12

Top of Coyote Peak, 4/21/14


Pictures of Other Parks

Coyote Ridge Wildflowers, 4/13/08

Almaden Quicksilver Wildflowers and Views, Spring 2008, Part 2

Uvas Canyon Healthy Trails Hike, 2/21/09

Harvey Bear Ranch-Coyote Lake Pictures, 3/10/07, 3/21-21/09, 4/18/09

Healthy Trails Walk, Almaden Quicksilver 3/28/09

Calero Healthy Trails Hike, 4/25/09

Blair Ranch Hike, 5/9/09

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, 5/16/09

Palassou Ridge 6/6/09

Mt. Madonna Geocaching Class, 7/11/09

Hellyer HDR Pictures 1/10/10

Almaden Quicksilver Wood Road Geocaching Class 1/16/10

Uvas Canyon HDR Pictures 1/23/10

Joseph D. Grant County Park, 1/31/10


Uvas Canyon Hike, 2/13/10

Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike, Mayfair Ranch Trail, 3/14/10

Blair Ranch Hike 3/28/10

POST Rancho San Vicente Hike, April 10, 2010

Rancho San Vicente Photography, Widlflower Hike, April 17, 2010

Coyote Ridge, 4/18/10

Mummy Mountain Trail Day and Hike, Coyote Lake, 4/24/10

Geocaching Class, Coyote Lake, 5/15/10

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/26/10

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Boccardo Trail, 8/14/10

New Almaden Day, Junp-In Parade, 9/11/10

Almaden Quicksilver Pioneer Day, Casa Grande 11/13/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Facebook Album: Coyote Ridge, April 17, 2011

Outdoor photography hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11

Rancho San Vicente hikes, 4/3/11 and 5/15/11

Woods Trail Wildflowers, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, 5/14/11 and 5/21/11

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 5/25/11

Facebook Album: Mt. Umunhum, September 24, 2011

Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver, Dedication of the Outdoor Museum, 10/8/11

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Trail Dedication, 10/11/11

Facebook Album: Vasona Fall Colors November 24, 2011

Facebook Album: Rosendin Park (Anderson Lake County Park), November 25, 2011

Facebook Album: Hiking the Heron and Dutch Flat Trails at Joseph D. Grant County Park 12/21/11

Harvey Bear Ranch Hike on the Savannah Trail, 12/22/11 Facebook Album: New Almaden and Randol Trails, 12/28/11

Facebook Album: Los Gatos Creek Trail, Campbell to Los Gatos, 1/14/12

HIke on the New Almaden, Buena Vista, Randol, Capehorn Pass, and Hacienda Trails, Almaden Quicksilver, 1/27/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Hellyer to Silicon Valley Blvd. 1/28/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 1

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail South 2/10/12, Part 2

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, south 2/17/12

Rancho La Polka Trail, Harvey Bear Ranch/Coyote Lake County Park 2/20/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Silver Creek Valley Road to Silicon Valley Blvd, 3/10/12

Ron Horii's Photo Class and Hike on the Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake County Park, 4/7/12

Hellyer Festival in the Park, 6/23/12

Facebook Album: Coyote Creek Trail, Bailey Ave. to Malaguerra, 7/8/12

Villa Montalvo Trails, Villa and Gardens

Stevens Creek Healthy Trails Hike

New Almaden Day, Jump-In Parade, 9/8/12

Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver 10/13/12, Incline Railroad Sign Dedication

Rancho San Vicente Hike 10/14/12

Ed Willson Trail, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, 11/10/12

Los Alamitos-Calero Creek Trail, 12/24/12


High-Dynamic Range Photography

HDR Experiments -1

HDR Experiments -2

HDR Hellyer Sunset

HDR Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

Grant Ranch, 1/31/10

Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Pueblo Area, 2/7/10

Almaden Quicksilver, 2/27/10

Santa Teresa Park HDR Sunset Pictures, Norred Trail 5/21-27/10

Alviso Marina Sunset Pictures, 11/27/10

Sunset Pictures, Stile Ranch Trail, 1/29/11

Sun, Clouds, and Rainbows, Santa Teresa, 1/30/11

Black and White Conversion, Santa Teresa Park


Outdoor Photography

Ron Horii's Outdoor Photography Pages

Outdoor Photo Gallery

Photo Class, Wildflower Walk, Santa Teresa Park, 4/4/09

Rancho San Vicente Photo Class Hike 4/17/10

Outdoor Photography Class, Bernal Ranch, 10/2/10

Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/23/11


Outdoor Photography Hike, Mummy Mountain Trail, Coyote Lake, 4/7/12





  Coyote Peak to Rocky Ridge Hike, 4/21/14
Santa Teresa County Park


On  4/21/14, I took a hike in Santa Teresa Park up to the high point of the park, Coyote Peak. I started out at the Pueblo Area. I went up the Hidden Springs Trail a short distance to the Ridge Trail. I went up the Ridge Trail partway to the point where it starts to go downhill. Then I went on the Hidden Springs Trail up to Coyote Peak. I returned on the Rocky Ridge Trail


Start of the Hidden Springs Trail leading to Coyote Peak.


Ithuriel's spears.


View from the Ridge Trail. What looks like a trail is a fire road, not a trail.


These rocks above the Ridge Trail look like a sleeping bear lying on its back.


This is the high point of the Ridge Trail, where it starts to go downhill.


Buttercups and claytonia bloom around the rocks above the Ridge Trail.


Tidytips.


Shooting stars and tidytips.


Looking down at the Hidden Springs Trail from near the start of the Ridge Trail.


California gilia and poppies on the hill above the Hidden Springs Trail. Below is the Ridge Trail junction.


California gilia and poppies.


Poppies and popcornflowers on the hill above the Hidden Springs Trail.


Poppies, fiddlenecks, and phacelia.


Poppies and Chinese houses


Closeup of phacelia, poppies, Chinese houses, and fiddlenecks.








This pond is by the Hidden Springs Trail, where it levels off. Normally, it should be full this time of year.


Poppies on the hill above the Hidden Springs Trail, near the Coyote Peak Trail, with IBM's Almaden Research Center in the background.


View of the Hidden Springs Trail from the Coyote Peak Trail junction (sign missing).


Variable checkerspot butterfly.




View of the flower-covered ridge above the Hidden Springs Trail.


Arroyo lupines.


Flowers on the slopes of Rocky Ridge, as seen from the Coyote Peak Trail.


Cattle grazing on IBM property next to the Coyote Peak Trail.


Big Oak Valley.


This is the view down from the top of Coyote Peak, showing poppies growing on the hill.


View from Coyote Peak, looking towards Bernal Hill, with IBM's Almaden Research Center on the left.


This is the Coyote Peak Trail leading to the Rocky Ridge Trail.


This is a view from the Coyote Peak Trail, looking back at Coyote Peak.


This is the Coyote Peak Trail heading towards the Rocky Ridge Trail.


At the dip in the trail, this is a closed volunteer trail that goes down Big Oak Valley.


From near the Rocky Ridge Trailhead, there are cattle grazing on IBM property next door. There are goldfields on the grazed field. The large house in the distance is part of the Calero Lake Estates, along Country View Drive.


This is a view looking down across IBM's property towards the west side of the Coyote Valley. The peak in the distance is El Toro Mountain in Morgan Hill. The Cinnabar Hills Golf Course is on the right.


Next to the Rocky Ridge trailhead, there used to be an abandoned and vandalized microwave relay station on this concrete pad before it was torn down.


This is the upper Rocky Ridge Trail. The pictures below show the wildflowers along the upper part of the trail, which has the most wildflowers. The serpentine soil on top promotes the wildflower growth.


Redmaids, popcornflowers, and poppies along the Rocky Ridge Trail.














Tidytips


Goldfields and dwarf plantain


The Rocky Ridge Trail runs through this rock wall. The hill in the distance is in Rancho San Vicente.


View of the Stile Ranch Trail and parking lot from the Rocky Ridge Trail.


This is the rockiest part of the Rocky Ridge Trail, just before it switches back..


There are tidytips on the slope below the turn in the Rocky Ridge Trail. Below on the left is the Mine Trail. On the right is the start of the Rocky Ridge Trail.


This is the rare streptanthus glandulosus, commonly known as the "most beautiful jewelflower."


Looking across the valley from the lower Rocky Ridge Trail is the actual Rocky Ridge, with the Rocky Ridge Trail running along the base of it. The trail passes through a serpentine area, which has endangered Santa Clara Valley dudleya.


Poppies are growing on the hill in the rocks above the trail.


Lots of tidytips are on the rocky part of the hill above the trail.


Rare hoita strobilina grow in this one spot in a seep under a tree. From here on, the trail runs through clay soil, which has less of different kinds of wildflowers and tends to get muddy.


Creamsac


Chick lupine


Arroyo lupine and chick lupine.


Early-blooming soaproot flowers, the only one seen on the trail.


The Rocky Ridge Trail flattens out, crosses over a small bridge, then makes a short, steep ascent into an area with serpentine rocks.


Endangered Santa Clara Valley dudleya grow at the base of these rocks.


Santa Clara Valley dudleya


The trail flattens out as it exits Big Oak Valley and approaches its end at the Mine Trail.

Page created by Ron Horii, 5/1/14