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Best trails in Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Hollister Hills offers recreation for motorcyclists, 4-wheelers, picnickers, and campers in the Gabilan Mountains just an hour's drive from San Jose. Park elevations range from 660 feet to 2,425 feet. The Upper Ranch This 800-acre area, which has about 24 miles of trails, is used for 4-wheel drive recreation and for 4-wheel drive and motorcycle special events; a fenced motocross track is also located here. Four-wheel drive operators should call before coming, especially on weekends, to make sure that the area isn't reserved for a special event. To use the area for the day, register first at the park office. If your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down, you are responsible for removing it. The Upper Ranch may be accessed for day-use from 8am to sunset. Vehicle operation is allowed only between sunrise and sunset. The Lower Ranch This 3,300-acre area, set aside for motorcycle and ATV use only, has about 128 miles of trails and several hill climbs. There are also two picnic areas, a practice Motocross Track, an ATV Track for three and four wheeled vehicles, a TT track, a mini-bike trail, and a mini-track. Riding is allowed from sunrise to sunset. Summer temperatures are typically in the low to mid 90s, and winter temperatures in the low 60s - upper 70s. The park is open from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week. Four-wheel drive and dune buggy visitors should call ahead as this area can be closed for special events.

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Map of trails in Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(831) 637-8186
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Hudner Pass Trail
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi
Hudner Pass Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hollister, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#2 - Bird Creek Trail
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 57 m
Bird Creek Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hollister, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#3 - Sharky Grade to Pepper Tree Loop
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Sharky Grade to Pepper Tree Loop is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hollister, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numberShow more
#4 - Beck to Azalea Canyon to Bird Creek Loop
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
The route is Beck Trail to Hidden Springs Trail to Azalea Canyon Trail to Cathedral Rocks Trail to Bird Creek Trail.Show more