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HikeMilesVerticalTimeRating
Henry Coe State Park
Coit Lake
27.6
6090
15:47
8
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
12:37
7
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
5:41
7
Frog Lake (Henry Coe)
[Henry Coe State Park]
6.9
1660
4:59
6
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
7:08
7
Hotel Trail
[Joseph D. Grant County Park, Santa Clara County]
7.0
1205
2:40
4
Santa Cruz Area
Henry Cowell Redwoods
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
6.5
1280
5:34
8
Skyline To Sea Trail
[Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks]
32.1
3820
17:07
8
Blooms Creek Loop
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
3.5
590
3:37
7
A loop hike past towering 250+ foot redwoods and alongside gentle creeks.
Berry Creek Falls
[Big Basin Redwoods State Park]
12.0
800
5:22
7
West Ridge Trail
[Forest of Nisene Marks State Park]
14.4
1850
7:21
7
Long hike through some beautiful redwood and other forest, with some views of the Pacific Ocean.
Old Landing Cove
[Wilder Ranch State Park]
2.5
160
2:15
6
A hike along coastal bluffs to a cove with a beach and a fern cave.
Fall Creek
[Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park]
8.0
1905
5:54
6
Maple Falls
[Forest of Nisene Marks State Park]
8.0
915
5:46
6
Loch Lomond Loop
[Loch Lomond]
1.5
100
1:45
4
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
3:33
7
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
Summit Rock
[Skyline-Sanborn County Park]
1.0
100
-
7
Black Mountain Backpack Camp
[Monte Bello Open Space Preserve]
4.6
910
3:58
6
A short 1-night backpacking trip minutes from downtown Palo Alto.
Long Ridge
[Long Ridge Open Space Preserve]
4.7
580
2:40
6
Saratoga Gap
[Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve]
8.2
800
3:43
6
Black Mountain
[Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve]
9.6
2530
4:23
6
Todd Creek Redwoods
[Sanborn Skyline Park]
4.0
1260
3:11
6
Other
Rancho San Antonio
[Rancho San Antonio County Park]
7.5
1600
3:14
7
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
[Almaden Quicksilver County Park]
4.5
830
3:10
6
A pleasant walk with some nice views and a great lunch spot by Guadalupe Creek.
Uvas Canyon
[Uvas Canyon County Park]
3.5
700
3:34
6
A hike through the forest and alongside a creek, with several small waterfalls.
Priest Rock
[Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve]
8.0
2280
4:11
6
Arastadero Preserve
[Arastadero Preserve]
3.5
435
2:03
5
A short semi-urban loop through rolling green hills with views of the bay.
Fremont Older
[Fremont Older Open Space Preserve]
6.2
1160
2:48
5
Lookout Trail
[Stevens Creek County Park]
1.8
640
3:06
5
Short hike to some nice views of rolling green hills.



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