St. Teresa's Other Boundary
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Easy cache on a little-known hillside trail in Santa Teresa Park
If you're familiar with the trails in Santa Teresa County Park, you may have endured the steep Boundary Trail at the southeast edge of the park. You may not know about the trail at the northwest side of the park, even though this is one of the most easily-seen park trails from the neighborhood below. Actually, it's not really a trail. It's not on the park map. There are no trail signs pointing to it. It's because it's a PGE service road for the giant power towers at the edge of the park. While this isn't a trail, it has a wide, hard surface, is usually in good shape, and it is not illegal to use it as a trail. The road branches off to the west and drops down from the Joice Trail near M&J Style: Mint Cage (GCK3V9). There is a main service road, with several side roads branching off to each of the towers. It wraps around the hill and dead ends. There is a volunteer trail that continues up the hill to join the Bernal Hill Loop Trail near Rocky Bench (GCK4QN). You get a spectacular view of the Santa Teresa/South San Jose neighborhood and all of the South Bay from here. They also get a nice view of you, so be discrete. Don't do anything that looks suspicious.
This cache is a camo'd M&M's container. It contains only a pen and log, but it has room for very small, skinny trading items. It can be reached without taking a step off the service road.
Here's the safest and easiest way to get here by following the caches along the trails:
Start at B-G-J Ranch (GCK3TK)
Then go up the Joice Trail to Once in a Blue Moon (GCK4QK)
Keep following the trail to Joice-Bernal Corner (GCQN5G)
Then head up the trail towards M&J Style: Mint Cage (GCK3V9)
Before you get there, turn right and head down the service road. Bingo, you're there. Absolutely no need to bushwhack.
After that, you're on your own.
Update 2/20/10: the cache was a victim of a natural disaster. It was replaced with another M&M's container. Watch out for spiders and snakes.
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- End of the PGE Road 1/04The service road ends around the side of the hill. Volunteer footpaths continue from here. One leads west to the fence at the park boundary. Don't cross it. Beyond is private property.
- View down Cottle Road 1/04
- View down Cottle Road 1/04This is a view of the neighborhood below the PGE service road en route to the cache. The large street is Cottle Road. Santa Teresa Hospital is near the center. The Hitachi plant is behind it and to the right.
- View West along the PGE road 1/04This is a view along the PGE service road. The Coyote-Alamitos Canal, which is not a trail, snakes along the base of the Santa Teresa Hills. The hills to the left are all private property. Undeveloped Century Oaks Park, on which there's a cache, is the hill to the left of center. Behind it is La Colina Park, which has a multi-cache.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum