Valley Oak Trail at Coyote Lake is a 5 mile loop trail located near Gilroy, CA that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This route starts across the road from the Lake View Campground -- a handy trailhead if you've got youngsters eager for explorations. It's also one of the rare shady hikes in a section of the Diablo Range better known for wide-open expanses dotted by the occasional oak tree.