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Great trail but this is not a place to bring your dog as the trail prohibits dogs explicitly and I found out the hard way (a $300 fine)

1 month ago

Was nice, went with Fuqua Energy Club Gang for Klinkman’s bday, some pretty aggressive hills for the first half. But definitely some panoramic views. Getting there took longer than I thought because the road up was classic windy and frankly would be insanely dangerous in the dark because I didn’t see any streetlights and I did see a lot of steep drops around some intense u-corners.

Excellent MTB trails

First part is actually quite unshaded/open and hot. Second part is nicely wooded and shady. Would probably be a fantastic hike in the winter; just a tad too hot in August. FYI our pedometers were showing closer to 7-7.5 miles than the 6 that's listed.

Mostly covered. The back half of the trail is currently closed but you can cut down the fire trail and still do a loop so you don’t need to double back.

Its NOT dog friendly, as described. We arrived and had to take alternate trails. Los Trancos is specifically no-dog.

My first official hike happened here the first week I move to CA...aka...first week of June. It was challenging, but that's because I was/am inexperienced. My friends were experienced and even they enjoyed it and found some challenges. It has beautiful views and it was an amazing adventure that I would definitely repeat.

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3 months ago

The old Spanish trail becomes non-dog friendly about half way down the right side of the loop, had to turn back. Lots of mountain bikes going pretty fast on alpine road which made hiking with a dog on the narrow trails less than ideal. A couple of nice vistas.

As long as you don"t bother about loud motorcyclists and the fact that the trail is all the way near HWY 9 OR 35 you can enjoy the 4.7 miles loop.

I’ve walked this just after sunrise and just before sunset.
AM it is best to go clockwise, PM best anti-clockwise.

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8 months ago

Good elevation gain to start. Down hill is moderate and easy on the knees. The final section is along a creek. Look for banana slugs!!

Lovely views. Road noise can be
Loud at times

Really scenic, very beautiful and not too hard to hike (tho some parts get a little steep).

Make sure to note that the park closes 30 minutes after sunset, and the rangers will begin to give tickets after this.

on Coal Creek Trail

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9 months ago

Great hike..nice views...if you have a dog-comb them for ticks afterwards..not too many, but be cautious..

No place to park unless you want to pay $10. Not worth it for a 2 mule hike. Try nearby Arastradero Preserve instead.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

I did counterclockwise with having a little detour to enjoy Stevens Creek Natural Trail. Indian Creek Trail has steep gradient and was challenging with almost no shade. But view from black mountain was great. There were not many shade through the loop except Stevens Creek Natural Trail. Recommend to hike in the morning and finish before noon if temperatures exceed 90F.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Recommend going clockwise on loop to avoid doing 100% elevation all at once.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Could not find free parking.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Beautiful

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Good and relatively easy workout to reach black mountain. 5 miles round trip if you reach the black mountain and come back. 6 miles if you meander around at the top for some time. Doable in 2-2.5 hrs. Open trail, hence best if completed before noon in summers.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Walked this one in late May and the creek was quite full (it was a rainy winter). The second part through Elephant mountain is definitely less interesting.

This loop is a bit of a challenge for kids under 10yo, but doable as a 3-5h walk. It definitely has enough variation to keep them interested for the whole distance. Alpine Pond is a good midpoint, and it's possible to shortcut the loop there if the ascent to Borel Hill turns out to be too much. During our visit in early May we saw amazing wildflower displays, lots of birds and two coyotes wandering near the trail.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

I took us around 3 hours to do this loop with children (so multiple stops and small detours). No outstanding features, but pleasant views and a stream for part of the loop. A lot of wildlife these days in the preserve: we saw more than 10 deer, some wild turkeys and a coyote in the early afternoon. Also many birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

harder than I thought. Not too long, but it's not easy for my dad. We did it anyway.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Scenic views and several different trails you can hop on. Great for trail running and getting a good hill workout.

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

This is a nice trail with good views to the east and a good hike down to the end of Alpine Rd. Plus, dogs are allowed on leash. Winter/spring is a good time to hike Coal Creek but can be a bit muddy.

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