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Peak to Peak Challenge 2024: Mt Umunhum
Feb 03 - South Bay

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with the Peak to Peak Challenge! Calling all thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts to join us on a journey through the breathtaking Bay Area landscape. Gather your friends and immerse yourselves in the beauty of the great outdoors as you conquer five awe-inspiring peaks together. Whether you're an avid hiker or just looking for a unique way to connect with friends, this challenge promises unforgettable vistas and shared triumphs. Revel in the camaraderie, challenge your limits, and create lasting memories as you scale the heights of nature's grandeur. Don't miss out on the opportunity to forge stronger bonds while exploring the stunning peaks of the Bay Area. Lace up your boots, embrace the adventure, and join us for the Peak to Peak Challenge!

Prizes will be given to those who complete at least 3 peaks!

Event Description

Mt Umunhum – Bay Area Peaks Challenge

Site of a former US Air Force Base, Mt Umunhum peak was only opened to the public in 2017.

  • Hike Details: Moderate, 8.0 miles out & back, 1,194 ft elevation gain, 3-4 hours
  • Date: Saturday February 3, 2024
  • Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Meet-up Location: Mt Umunhum Trailhead (Bald Mountain Trail, San Jose, CA 95120. Parking lot shared with Bald Mountain Trailhead)
  • Hike Coordinators: Romel Somavat (614-208-7293), Ivy Montgomery (408-420-5119)
  • Mt Umunhum Description on AllTrails.com
    • Explore this 8.0-mile out-and-back trail near New Almaden, California. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 32 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, mountain biking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.
    • The gorgeous Mt. Umunhum Trail passes through dense mixed chaparral scrub dominated by shrub species including chamise, big berry manzanita, birch-leafed mountain mahogany, and poison oak (keep an eye out). It passes through Knobcone Pine Woodland and eventually enters the Coastal Woodlands habitat dominated by coast live oak, foothill pine, California bay, interspersed with Pacific madrone. The majority of the trail – approximately the upper 3.0 miles – is enjoyed under the cool canopy of these trees. Eventually, the trail emerges near the top onto steep terrain dominated by cliffs and rocky outcrops including serpentine boulders. Due to the thin soil layer developed on the serpentine bedrock, a low moisture-holding capacity, and a unique chemical composition, the serpentine areas support numerous endemic plant species, including rare flowering plants that continue to reveal themselves each spring.

Please register for the event, and you are more than welcome to bring your loved ones and friends along!

Happy Hiking!

About the Series:

Within an hour’s drive from most of the Bay to the trailheads, these hikes reward with birds-eye views of the beautiful landscapes, Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, and Silicon Valley.

  • Mt Umunhum (Moderate): 8 miles, 1194 ft elevation gain, 3-4 hours. Sat Feb 3, 2024
  • Mission Peak (Hard): 6 miles, 2152 ft elevation gain, 4 hours. Sat Mar 2, 2024
  • Mt Diablo: One of the two routes will be finalized close to the hike in Early April 2024
  • Mt Tamalpais: One of the two routes will be finalized close to the hike in May-June 2024
  • Rose Peak (Hard): 19.1 miles, 5521 ft elevation gain, 11-12 hours. Fall of 2024
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Date and Time

Saturday, February 03, 2024
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

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Location

Mount Umunhum Trailhead
San Jose, CA, 95120

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Primary Contact

Romel Somavat

somavat@alum.mit.edu

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