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An easy hike with shaded trails almost all the way. The sound of water flowing through the creek can be very soothing to the ears. If you get a chance to get close to the water, you'll find that it's very clear and you might even spot fishes scurrying about!
Parking is paid and the parking area is usually not very busy, except when groups or families book the picnic grounds for a party.
The trail is understandably dry and dusty this time of the year, but the views from the hill-tops are quite amazing. The trails can be very narrow, especially in the switchback routes, but overall the risk level is not high. If you hike before noon, you'll find that most of the south rim trail is shaded. Elevation is also okay, but it can get somewhat steep in the switchbacks.
This is a great loop trail that goes from the Pueblo Group Area, to Coyote Peak, and back down the Rocky Ridge Trail. There are great views of both the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mtns, and of Silicon Valley, especially from the peak. The Rocky Ridge section of this loop is exposed to the sun, but luckily the day of our hike it was quite windy. A coyote was seen trotting along the trail ahead of us.