I thought it would be appropriate to visit Mummy Mountain at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch today, because yesterday was Halloween. It is part of the Pix in Parks challenge. I only have 6 weeks left to finish the Magnificent 7 hikes, so I’m giving it my best shot!
Mummy Mountain turns out to be a beautiful location and surprisingly is near some of my other hikes this summer. I passed Mount Madonna park and drove along the road towards Henry Coe State Park. Who knew there were so many lovely parks nearby?!
I’m always a little cautious when I go to a new park, especially during the week. I kept my pepper spray handy and used my Spot like I always do. I first passed 2 lovely women who assured me that I was on the right track and then a single woman passed me on my way up Mummy Mountain while I was taking photos. Towards the end of my hike I passed 2 more women on my way down the mountain. There were quite a few signs about mountain lions which seemed strange to me, but this is their territory and hunting grounds. There were also a few cows with calves on the property. I love that there were so many girls out there today!
The views were incredible, especially near the top of the mountain. I was able to see the reservoir in the distance. There were hills to the east, and to the west, I was looking down upon Gilroy. It’s still so strange to me that it smells like garlic whenever I drive through. I also remember taking my kids to the Gilroy Gardens when they were little and taking my daughter to the Gilroy outlets when she was a teenager.
This hike was beautiful and I realize that there is a huge section of the park that I did not get to see, so I will be sure to return at some point. Possibly, I will return in the springtime as I noticed that there was a Bay Area Ridge trail marker and I am hoping to continue those hikes in the springtime!
Start/End: Mendoza Ranch entrance parking lot
Trails: Coyote Ridge, Mendoza trails
Why is this is called Mummy Mountain? Has anyone seen mummies there?