El Toro Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

El Toro Trail is a 2.3 mile out and back trail located near Morgan Hill, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

2.3 miles 629 feet Out & Back


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El Toro is a 2.7 mile trail located near Morgan Hill, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

12 days ago

This is a great Hike! I went up the east face and it is far harder than the South.

2 months ago

3 months ago

I've been on this hike many times and it is by far my favorite hike in the Bay Area. It is a challenge and quite terrifying if you are scared of heights but definitely worth doing. There is a rope to hold on to for the steep inclinations if you need. The view is breathtaking especially if you hike at sunrise or sunset. At the summit you can see all of Silicon Valley. My personal favorite is hiking el toro in the rain. It's so muddy but such a great experience.

4 months ago

Hike trail was closed, but I still went on the hike. By far one of the most amazing hikes I been on. Hiking up that steep incline, remember to bring gloves, you will need it to pull up that rope that was installed by hikers.

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9 months ago

I wanted to hike El Toro on my birthday but it is CLOSED from the winter. I would give this a 5 star hike. It is a nice short hike with a great view of Morgan Hill. I only gave it this rating because it is CLOSED.

10 months ago

I went up the east side trail, and then 360% around the peak, and back down the south side trail to the church. I estimate the entire full circle is about 3.5 miles, good hike. The top sections on both sides are pretty steep so be careful. Good thing that the rope is still there as the south side is very steep. Fun climb, good work out. Happy Trails!

11 months ago

Absolutely beautiful once you get to the top. Quite the incline as I wouldn't recommend taking kids.

1 year ago

Really good up the face. One of the best "unofficial" trails

2 years ago

Officially, this trail is on private property and is only open to the public once a year through the City of Morgan Hill. The last couple years it has not been opened. The last section of this trail is a very extreme incline and during the open day there is a rope to haul yourself up on and the Boy Scouts have done trail maintenance to prepare it. The views from the top extend out 360 degrees back into Paradise Valley, across Chesbro Reservoir and all of the Morgan Hill area and beyond. Do be careful of loose dirt and an overabundance of poison oak along trail edges.

4 years ago