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|The big tree in the middle of the trail|
As a result, I made pretty good time overall, but failed to clear the last two steep bits just before the junction with Priest Rock. I don't think I've ever cleared them, but in the past I feel like I've been closer.
|Looking northeast over the valley|
|Looking southeast toward El Sombroso|
For some reason I thought Priest Rock might be a little cleaner, although that had me spooked, too. Ultimately the problem is that I don't have the confidence to descend through loose gravel or dust at speed, so I use the brakes. But that's just self-defeating; using the brakes makes one unstable. I either have to ride my mountain bike much more often, or much less.
I eventually made it down to Alma Bridge Road, and took the Jones Trail into Los Gatos, then Kennedy on home.