Hiking near Morgan Hill, California

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Mount Sizer Loop: Henry Coe State Park
Mount Sizer Loop: Henry Coe State Park
Morgan Hill, California, United States (7.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 15.6 miles, Full day
Strenuous 15-mile hike captures the wild essence of Henry W. Coe State Park, southeast of San Jose, California.

This is Henry Coe the hard way: 15 miles with over 4,000 feet of ascent and a chance to test your legs on the "Short Cut" -- consensus pick as the San Francisco Bay Area's toughest trail. Henry W. Coe State Park sprawls over more than 87,000 acres of high ridges and low valleys southeast of San Jose. It once belonged to a rancher named Henry Willard...
Backpacking at Henry Coe State Park
Backpacking at Henry Coe State Park
Morgan Hill, California, United States (7.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 41 miles, Multiple days
The Bay Area's widest array of backpacking options await in the wild hills southeast of San Jose.

Henry Coe State Park is the wildest Bay Area backpacking locale, and the one place where backpackers can choose their own campsites without a reservation. There is a trade-off: Henry Coe is all former ranch land and many of its trails are old dirt roads designed for motorized travel. That means steep, exhausting climbs and knee-grinding descents. Still,...
Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park
Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park
Morgan Hill, California, United States (8.3 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The best easy hike south of California's Silicon Valley.

Uvas Canyon is a treasure tucked in the hills just beyond the suburban bedlam of Silicon Valley and the South Bay. Spring-fed creeks keep the water running all year -- albeit at a trickle in the summer and fall -- but winter is the best time to come, especially after a big storm blows in off the Pacific Ocean. Local hiking clubs often make Uvas their...
Savannah Trail Loop at Harvey Bear Ranch
Savannah Trail Loop at Harvey Bear Ranch
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, California, United States (4.9 miles away)
Moderate: 6.6 miles, Half day
A pleasant, scenic stroll in the hills at the Harvey Bear Ranch section of Coyote Lake County Park

This six-mile loop over the rolling hills of Harvey Bear Ranch introduces hikers to the wild terrain of the Diablo Range southeast of San Jose, California. Harvey Bear is a section of Coyote Lake County Park, which is popular with campers, boaters and paddlers. As the wide-open trails ascend, expansive views of Silicon Valley to the north and the...
Bald Peaks Loop at Calero County Park
Bald Peaks Loop at Calero County Park
Calero County Park, California, United States (6.6 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.6 miles, Half day
Hikers and equestrians get the view from on high at this park south of San Jose, California

Calero County Park in the hills south of Silicon Valley has excellent hiking if your timing is right--and you don't mind the horses. Most of the trails are multi-use, and the large corral near the trailhead is ample evidence this is primarily an equestrian park. Even so, in the springtime it's one of the best wildflower-viewing destinations in...
China Hole Hike - Henry Coe State Park
China Hole Hike - Henry Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park, California, United States (7.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.0 miles, Full day
The essential Henry Coe Hike: 10 arduous miles through the park's demanding mountainous terrain.

China Hole is one of the most popular destinations at Henry Coe State Park. Spring rains create a picturesque swimming hole at the confluence of two creeks, making the nearby backcountry campsite a prized locale for overnight outings. A day hike to China Hole is a perfect alternative if you hate to sleep on the ground but love to get your heart pumping...
Javelina Loop - Calero County Park
Javelina Loop - Calero County Park
San Jose, California, United States (6.6 miles away)
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Get a good workout while nature watching in this 7-mile hike on the southern rim of Silicon Valley

Two small ponds and one large reservoir make this an intriguing route at Calero County Park south of San Jose, California. I recommend the Javelina Loop because it passes Calero's bat enclosure and pauses next to a pond at Fish Camp, where a deck looks out over a serene pond frequented by redwing blackbirds and other avians. Los Cerritos Pond near...
Mayfair Ranch Trail at Rancho Canada del Oro
Mayfair Ranch Trail at Rancho Canada del Oro
Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, California, United States (6.7 miles away)
Difficult: 8.0 miles, Half day
Strenuous hike promises great views of the rugged backcountry southwest of San Jose, California

Steep trails lead to excellent vistas at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, which covers a swath of the rugged foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The high ridges look out over much of Silicon Valley; on clear days you can see the white domes of the telescopes atop Mount Hamilton. It's difficult to imagine such rough country so close...
Ponderosa Loop Trail
Ponderosa Loop Trail
Henry W. Coe State Park, California, United States (7.1 miles away)
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1 hour or less
2.0 mile trail near Henry Coe State Park Headquarters

The Ponderosa Loop Trail is about 2.0 miles long and starts at the Henry Coe State Park Visitor's Center, about 12 miles from Morgan Hill, CA. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less
Frog Lake Loop - Henry Coe State Park
Frog Lake Loop - Henry Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park, California, United States (7.2 miles away)
Moderate: 4.8 miles, 1-3 hours
The best introduction to Henry Coe State Park south of San Jose and Silicon Valley, California

Henry Coe State Park is all peaks, ridges and valleys, and its reputation for arduous treks is well deserved. Frog Lake Loop is the one shining exception. While the hike starts with a 400-foot ascent and continues with a knee-crunching 600-foot descent, the return leg is serene by Henry Coe standards. The midpoint is Frog Lake, a great place to...
Valley Oak Trail at Coyote Lake
Valley Oak Trail at Coyote Lake
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, California, United States (7.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Shady hike is a great getaway from the campgrounds at Coyote Lake County Park.

Coyote Lake County Park southeast of San Jose has plenty of options for boaters, paddlers and campers, but the hiking options were pretty thin until Santa Clara County acquired the neighboring Harvey Bear Ranch section, the halfway point of this out-and-back hike. This route starts across the road from the Lake View Campground -- a handy trailhead...
Meadow Trail Loop at Mount Madonna
Meadow Trail Loop at Mount Madonna
Mount Madonna County Park, California, United States (8.7 miles away)
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Scenic, easy hike is a great choice for campers and families at the Santa Clara County park.

Meadow Trail at Mount Madonna County Park passes the pen holding the park's small herd of white fallow dear - a crowd-pleasing locale for youngsters. The park south of San Jose, California, has three popular campgrounds that might leave parents wondering where to work off some of their kids' energy. While some kids are up for much longer hikes,...
Sprig Trail and Merry-Go-Round Loop
Sprig Trail and Merry-Go-Round Loop
Mount Madonna County Park, California, United States (8.7 miles away)
Difficult: 9.8 miles, Full day
Hike past redwoods and the ruins of a land baron's mansion at this park south of San Jose

Mount Madonna County Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in Santa Clara County, and this route is one of the best ways to see all the park has to offer. Sprig Lake trail passes all three of the park's major campgrounds, and makes a scenic ascent (or descent) through one of the prettiest stands of redwoods in the park. Another...
Mt. Madonna Loop
Mt. Madonna Loop
Mt. Madonna County Park, California, United States (8.9 miles away)
Difficult: 9.3 miles, Full day
9.3 mile loop trail in Mt. Madonna County Park

Bay Area Ridge Trail: Mt. Madonna Loop is about 9.3 miles long and located near Interlaken, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day
Stile Ranch Trail at Santa Teresa County Park
Stile Ranch Trail at Santa Teresa County Park
San Jose, California, United States (9.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.6 miles, 1-3 hours
One of the best wildflower hikes in San Jose, California, is on this twisty trail at the southern edge of the city

Stile Ranch Trail comes up often in any discussion of the best places to see wildflowers in the hills rimming Silicon Valley. The trail zigzags up the southern edge of Santa Teresa County Park, a hilly slice of the south end of San Jose, California. The trail's steep terrain and southern exposure make it a prime habitat for the California poppy,...
Coyote Peak Loop at Santa Teresa County Park
Coyote Peak Loop at Santa Teresa County Park
San Jose, California, United States (9.2 miles away)
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Get a nice workout in on this trail in San Jose's popular Santa Teresa County Park

Coyote Peak is the must-visit point in Santa Teresa County Park in southern San Jose, California. This loop to the peak is a good way to get there: steep enough to provide a good workout and scenic enough to reward your efforts. Coyote Peak looks out over the southern expanse of Silicon Valley, with great views of both the Diablo Range to the east...
Coyote Creek Loop at Henry Coe State Park
Coyote Creek Loop at Henry Coe State Park
Gilroy, California, United States (10.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.8 miles, Half day
See the Bay Area bloom in a hidden corner of Henry Coe State Park. Strenuous 9-mile hike.

Henry Coe State Park south of San Jose is one of the best places see the Bay Area's spring wildflowers bloom. The park is all rugged countryside: hills, ridges, canyons -- genuine wilderness barely an hour's drive from a huge metropolitan area. The park's main entrance attracts throngs of flower gazers every spring, but few visit the remote Coyote...
Mining Sites at Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Mining Sites at Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California, United States (10.9 miles away)
 
Difficult: 6.9 miles, Half day
Remnants of San Jose's mercury mining history lie in the hills of Almaden Quicksilver Park.

This hike from Almaden Quicksilver County Park in southern San Jose tours the rusting remains of what once was one of the largest mercury-mining operations in the world. The Mine Hill region of the park includes English Camp, San Cristobal mine, a short section of mineshaft and the hulk of a large processing plant. Starting from the park's Mockingbird...
Mockingbird Loop - Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Mockingbird Loop - Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California, United States (10.9 miles away)
3.7 mile trail around Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Quicksilver Mockingbird Loop - Hacienda - Randol - New Almaden is about 3.7 miles long and located near English Town, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The upper part of the the Day Tunnel trail is washed out with lots of exposed rock, but it's passable. Once back on the New Almaden trail, the vegetation becomes...
Willson Camp and Peak, Grizzly Gulch at Henry Coe
Willson Camp and Peak, Grizzly Gulch at Henry Coe
Henry Coe State Park, California, United States (11.0 miles away)
Difficult: 11.9 miles, Full day
A lengthy hike or bike in southern Henry Coe. Bring a camera!

The massive Henry Coe State Park has many adventures, but "beginners beware!" Easy hikes are available from both Hunting Hollow parking lots and the Park HQ on Dunne Road. This particular loop, from the south-western Hunting Hollow area, gives a memorable experience and a memorable leg workout! After a leg-burning trek up to Willson Camp and Willson...
Mt Umunhum
Mt Umunhum
San Jose, California, United States (12.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.9 miles, Half day
Woods Rd to Barlow Rd to Mt Umunhum Rd

This 7.9 mile / 1554 ft hike goes to Bald Mountain.The trail head is located at the intersection of Hicks road and Mt Umunhum road. Toilet facilities are available and there are usually maps available for the Sierra Azul Open Space.We started out on Woods road. The wide trail/road is a pleasant easy shaded hike for 2.8 miles. You do see some nice...
Antler Point from Twin Gates
Antler Point from Twin Gates
Evergreen, California, United States (13.8 miles away)
Moderate: 11.0 miles, Full day
11.0 mile trail near Grant Ranch, California

If you like sweeping vistas, wildflowers, and (ahem) squirrels, this is a hike you should consider. At eleven miles, its relatively lengthy, but starting at Twin Gates eliminates some of the elevation gain and makes it a little easier in that regard. The Canada de Pala trail goes up from the parking lot, past the upper end of the Yerba Buena trail...
Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails at Grant County Park
Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails at Grant County Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (14.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.7 miles, Half day
A great loop hike for wildlife and wildflower scouting at the park in the hills east of San Jose.

This hike gives a nice overview of Joseph D. Grant County Park, passing through its distinctive oak-woodland ecosystem but sparing you from the brutal ascents and descents that characterize so many of the hikes in this park. Grant County Park (often called "Grant Ranch" because the land was once owned by prominent ranchers of the same name) does...
Yerba Buena to Halls Valley Trail Loop at Joseph D. Grant Park
Yerba Buena to Halls Valley Trail Loop at Joseph D. Grant Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (15.0 miles away)
Moderate: 6.8 miles, Half day
One of the best hikes in the county park in the hills east of San Jose, California

This is one of my favorite loops in Joseph D. Grant County Park in the hills east of San Jose. It starts at Halls Valley Lake and climbs steeply into the nearby hills along the Yerba Buena Trail (with a highly recommended side trip to McCreery Lake). It turns at the Canada De Pala Trail and returns on the Halls Valley Trail. Along the way you'll...
Perimeter loop hike at Grant County Park
Perimeter loop hike at Grant County Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (15.8 miles away)
 
Difficult: 22 miles, Full day
This beefy 22-mile trek hits all the high points of the park in the hills east of San Jose

Tenderfoots need not attempt: This loop hike across parallel ridges of Joseph D. Grant County Park offers sweeping views of the wild, mountainous terrain nearby and occasionally looks out over the southern end of Silicon Valley to the west. And if 22 miles seems daunting, bear in mind the the most practical place to park for this hike -- next at...
Loma Prieta Grade Loop
Loma Prieta Grade Loop
Aptos, California, United States (16.5 miles away)
 
Easy: 4.1 miles, 1-3 hours
The Forest of Nisene Marks SP boasts an old Lumber Railroad Grade.

An introductory walk into the lower reaches of Nisene Marks. This trail is highly popular with the locals for an afternoon break. It's a good one for walks, jogging, and much of it is accessible to bikes. The trail also provide access to the trail heading deeper into this 10,000 acre state park. Dogs are OK on the fire road. Much of this particular...
Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose
Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose
San Jose, California, United States (18.7 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Get out of the office and see the Heritage Rose Garden and other downtown San Jose attractions

A paved trail along the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, California, might be just what you need to work off some stress or even ride your bike to work. The Guadalupe River Park starts near the Children's Discovery Museum at the south end of Downtown San Jose and runs northward for 2.5 miles to Interstate 880. It's easily accessible via...