FOM FOK Hiking Group
Another one of our favorite hikes. The hike is easy to moderate on the "Wimble Scale".
- Park along Stevens Canyon Road near the south end of the Stevens Creek Reservoir.
- Hike back up the road to the Bear Meadow Trail entrance. Take the trail.
- The trail begins with a somewhat steep climb for a short distance, then turns into an ever more moderate climb as you go along.
- About 0.7 miles up the trail, you'll come to the Orchard Loop Trail intersection. You can continue along for alternate ways to get to the Zinfandel Trail, but this time we took the short, steep climb up the Orchard Loop Trail.
- At the intersection with the Zinfandel Trail, bear right, heading past the pond (which is dry in the summer) and make a short descent to the winery.
- At the winery there are toilets and you can usually see peacocks. It's not unusual to see deer and quail as well.
- Return along the Zinfandel Trail for a short, moderate climb past the pond, and continue straight, past the Orchard Loop Trail intersection. The trail is pretty much downhill from here on.
- When you reach the picnic area at the end of the trail, near Mount Eden Road, you can return along the narrow Stevens Canyon Road, or, if the stream is low, take the trail which follows the stream down towards the reservoir.
- Just before the stream dumps into the reservoir, you will see a parking lot on the other side of the stream. You should be able to ford the stream at one or two places here (but not if the stream is high).
- Return along Stevens Canyon Road to the car.
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Saturday, August 26, 2000
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Gwen, Nancy, Kathy, and Michael watch the deer and peacock at the winery and then head back along the Zinfandel Trail. The trail is particularly beautiful today, with dramatic lighting along most of the covered portion of the trail. This would be a good place for a landscape artist. In fact, there was indeed a landscape artist out near the winery.
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