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This 4,595-acre park is nestled in the Diablo Range east of the City of Gilroy. It features a 635-acre lake, camping and boat launch facilities, showers, and miles of horse, bicycle and hiking trails. The Bear and Mendoza Ranch sections of the park have over 15 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that wind through oak studded canyons; and on top of grassy ridgelines, providing spectacular views of the south Santa Clara Valley. Trailheads can be found in all three sections of the park. Dogs on-leash are welcome. The park is open 8am to sunset.

5/3/2018 This is a nice easy hike with lots of shade and not too much elevation gain, but with really panoramic and rewarding views of Gilroy. There are lots of wildflowers out now and lots of wildlife, probably because of the nearby campground. I saw lots of deer and birds and in the parking area I even saw a group of wild pigs. I let my dog off for the whole walk except on the road to the trailhead. I also didn’t pay the day use fee and got away with it for a couple of hours.

Nice flat asphalt trail with plenty of wildflowers and birds. Doggie bags supplied and benches occasionally. Very quiet and nice scenery.

We went at the end of the first week of April. It was gorgeous. Hills bright green and wild flowers growing. Made it to the Vista to see the lake. Just over 3 miles round trip. Loved the free roaming cows.

Easy trail, share trail with cattle (cows), so it can be extremely muddy with cow’s waste during rainy season. On top of 1000 feet elevation, one can see great view of Morgan hills, some views of Coyotes Lake.

One of my favorite local trails! Valley and Coyote Lake views as well as wildlife. Go in Spring when the weather is cooler since there are many unshaded parts of the trail and you can enjoy the beauty of the many wildflowers. Another name for this trail is Mummy Mountain.

Beautiful in spring with the green grass and yellow flowers

trail running
4 months ago

A fun run, just watch out for cow pies.

6 months ago

This trail was beautiful! We hiked a total of 5 miles and got a great workout! The kids (8, 5, and 3) did great and the little one only needed to be carried about halfway. While the trail is technically an easy trail, the elevation pushes it to a moderate. Take your camera to get some great shots of the valley, and don’t forget your water! Pro Tip: go left! The trail is easier and more gradual to the right so it won’t be as jarring on your legs on the way down.

Good trail. Lots of animals: turkeys, wild pigs, dears and cattle. We extended the hike by going down to the valley. This adds 2 miles. The view of the lake has nothing special. The lake was quite low.

7 months ago


8 months ago

Easy hike with many different trail options. We went up the hill which was a bit strenuous for all of about
10 minutes (It was Hot). We looped around in about 1 hour, but there were still other trails to explore. Will definitely go back.

9 months ago

The scenery was beautiful! However being from the very flat Midwest this hike was definitely more of a moderate for me. Also there was very little shade which made it very hot. Definitely bring water. It was a bit tough on the dogs too. Loved the smell of garlic while we were hiking! I would definitely do it again, but preferably in cooler weather.

9 months ago

We started around 11 am and it was HOT. Was a fun hike but hard for the kids (8 & 10) who are not used to linger hikes with hills. Took us a while because we stopped a lot, but we did it and they were so proud of themselves after!

Great hike, a lot of good trails, a bit of cow

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I loved the uphill climb... gave me a good leg workout!! Overall the trail was easy to follow.

nice trail with wonderful views!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Very nice trail! We'll come back and trek it again.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Super friendly people, beautiful trail

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scenic and perfect for the family or first time hiker. Come early to finish. We only completed a mile up and back. Met someone coming down who had a run in with a rattle snake. He tossed it to the side away from the trail. He said it was early for one to be seen - round 2:30 pm. Close contact with cows on the trail. Most picked up their small dogs when passing by the cows. Recommended.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Super fun hike with beautiful views. Cows on your path. careful some deep mud right now

mountain biking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Was super fun on the back side

Friday, September 30, 2016

I love it

Monday, September 12, 2016

amazing, from the beginning with the five turkey vultures circling over my dog and me, to the the nice serene up hill hike and the Prairie dogs every where, the magnificent view back into the Morgan Hill Valley, to the hawk that swoped down and on to a tree limb only about ten feet away and as he perched he seemed to say hello anyways the four miles hike was amazing

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this trail. Also ran Mummy Mountain Trail. Very awesome, however Lake was desolate?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great scenery! Well marked trails and lots of options for easy to moderate and short to long hikes. I ended up on Coyote Ridge trail. I just pick trails at random to hike with a goal of 5 miles. Ended up with 6 miles in 2 hours. Lots of cows, hawks, squirrels and I even was able to walk up on a deer and get a few photos before he/she notices me and ran off.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

super boring and gross nothing but hay and poop. good workout but that's it

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Beautiful. Hiking. Walking enjoy the nature

Thursday, March 03, 2016


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Walking it's beautiful

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

We hiked the Coyote Ridge trail while Camping at Coyote Lake. The trail is nicely maintained, and has benches along the way. It trail itself isn't a loop, but you are able to hop onto many other trails to get back. The trail itself doesn't have a lot of trees. We went during a heat wave - I would not recommend. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The views are awesome!

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