Photos from October 2000 and 2002 hikes at St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve
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Trailhead
Trailhead
Start of the trail
Start of the trail, seen from the edge of the parking lot
     Dry sagebrush
     Very dry sagebrush
First stretch is the steepest
The steepest section is the first stretch
     Eucalyptus
     Eucalyptus
Signboard
MROSD signboard
Oak
Scrub oak
Chamise
Chamise
Climbing
Climbing parallel to Highway 17
Cercocarpus
Cercocarpus
View to Lexington Reservoir
View back down to Lexington Reservoir
     California bay
     California bay
Shaded section
Shaded section
Toyon
Toyon
Border between MROSD and county lands
Approaching the border between county and MROSD lands
Border between jurisdictions
The border; signs stand at detente
Silktassel
Silktassel
Junction
Junction
Manzanita shrubs press through fence
Manzanita shrubs press through the fence
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Manzanita
Manzanita
Manzanita Trail
Manzanita Trail
Serpentine rock lends a greenish tone
Serpentine rock lends the trailside rocks a greenish tinge
Silktassel
More silktassel
Fog hangs over the mountains
Fog hangs over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west
Looking toward quarry
Looking toward the quarry
Manzanita Trail
Manzanita Trail
Junction
Junction, near the old firing range
Manzanita
Manzanitas line the trail
Oaks
Oaks mixed through manzanitas
Junction
Junction
Last uphill stretch
Last uphill stretch
Top of the hill
Top of the hill
North
Looking back, to the north
Downhill
Heading back downhill
Coyote brush and toyon are the dominant plants
Coyote brush and toyon are the dominant plants
Toyon
Toyon bush, with berries just turning orange
Junction
Unsigned junction
Descending
Descending to a junction
Grape
Wild grape
     Snowberry
     Snowberry
Novitiate Trail
Returning on Novitiate Trail
 




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