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This list contains hikes both from this site and from other partner sites. All links here are included with permission of the partner sites. Distance, climbing, and rating values are taken from each respective site. As such, rating values may not be comparable between hikes from different sites.

HikeMilesVerticalRatingSource
Henry Coe State Park
Coit Lake
27.6
6090
8
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A tough 2-day backpacking trip to/from Coit lake. Lots of up and down, with the highlights being China Hole and Los Cruzeros.
Kelly Lake Loop
[Henry Coe State Park]
17.8
4200
7
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A 2-day, 1-night backpacking loop starting from the Hunting Hollow entrance of Henry Coe. Lots of rolling hills, steep trails, and a pretty lake.
Poverty Flat
9.5
2400
7
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Frog Lake (Henry Coe)
[Henry Coe State Park]
6.9
1660
6
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Moderate loop hike including a small lake set among rolling hillsides.
San Jose Area
Antler Point
[Joseph D. Grant County Park, Santa Clara County]
11.0
2450
7
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Hotel Trail
[Joseph D. Grant County Park, Santa Clara County]
7.0
1205
4
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Santa Cruz Area
Henry Cowell Redwoods
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
6.5
1280
8
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Skyline To Sea Trail
[Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks]
32.1
3820
8
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Blooms Creek Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
3.5
590
7
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A loop hike past towering 250+ foot redwoods and alongside gentle creeks.
Berry Creek Falls
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
12.0
800
7
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West Ridge Trail
[Forest of Nisene Marks State Park]
14.4
1850
7
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Long hike through some beautiful redwood and other forest, with some views of the Pacific Ocean.
West Ridge Trail
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
9.4
2450
6
Another side of Big Basin
Redwood Nature Trail
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
0.6
10
6
Big Basin's main attraction
Old Landing Cove
[Wilder Ranch State Park]
2.5
160
6
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A hike along coastal bluffs to a cove with a beach and a fern cave.
Sunset - Skyline Short Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
2.9
560
6
A little sample of Big Basin
Fall Creek
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
8.0
1905
6
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Maple Falls
[Forest of Nisene Marks State Park]
8.0
915
6
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Berry Creek Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
10.0
2150
6
Including the Sunset Trail, Berry Creek Falls, and the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail
Redwood Grove Loop Trail
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
0.8
20
4
Four Crossings
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
6.6
1360
4
Hollow Tree and Meteor Trails
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
8.0
1060
4
Including Opal Creek and Middle Ridge
Sequoia Trail
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
4.5
420
4
Loop hike with the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail
Loch Lomond Loop
[Loch Lomond]
1.5
100
4
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Basin Trail
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
12.0
1860
4
Loop hike including Middle Ridge Fire Road and the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail
Buzzard's Roost
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
4.8
1200
4
A scenic hill climb
Sequoia and Shadowbrook
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
4.7
320
2
Loop hike including Sempervirens Falls
The Truck Trail and Fall Creek
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
7.0
1480
2
Loop hike with the Big Ben and North Fork Trails
Big Ben and Fall Creek
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
8.2
1760
2
Blooms Creek Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
2.8
360
2
Creeping Forest Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
2.5
500
2
Big Basin Trip 2010
[trip report]
A weekend camping trip to the beautiful redwoods, including a short day hike.
Near Skyline and Highway 9
Trail Camp Loop (2015)
[Castle Rock State Park]
5.5
1120
7
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Moderate loop hike past some interesting rock formations and some great views of the mountains leading toward the coast.
Trail Camp Loop
[Castle Rock State Park]
5.5
800
7
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Summit Rock
[Skyline-Sanborn County Park]
1.0
100
7
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Black Mountain Backpack Camp
[Monte Bello Open Space Preserve]
4.6
910
6
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A short 1-night backpacking trip minutes from downtown Palo Alto.
Long Ridge
[Long Ridge Open Space Preserve]
4.7
580
6
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Saratoga Gap
[Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve]
8.2
800
6
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Black Mountain
[Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve]
9.6
2530
6
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Todd Creek Redwoods
[Sanborn Skyline Park]
4.0
1260
6
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Other
Rancho San Antonio
[Rancho San Antonio County Park]
7.5
1600
7
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Almaden Quicksilver County Park
[Almaden Quicksilver County Park]
4.5
830
6
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A pleasant walk with some nice views and a great lunch spot by Guadalupe Creek.
Uvas Canyon
[Uvas Canyon County Park]
3.5
700
6
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A hike through the forest and alongside a creek, with several small waterfalls.
Priest Rock
[Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve]
8.0
2280
6
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Arastadero Preserve
[Arastadero Preserve]
3.5
435
5
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A short semi-urban loop through rolling green hills with views of the bay.
Fremont Older
[Fremont Older Open Space Preserve]
6.2
1160
5
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Lookout Trail
[Stevens Creek County Park]
1.8
640
5
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Short hike to some nice views of rolling green hills.
Calero Creek and Coyote Peak
[Santa Teresa County Park]
9.5
1430
2



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