Looking for a great trail in Joseph D Grant County Park, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Joseph D Grant County Park ranging from 4.8 to 10.6 miles and from 1,532 to 2,988 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
muddy
no shade
14 days ago

hiking
fee
muddy
no shade
23 days ago

Would say moderate not easy, steep trail. But manageable

hiking
muddy
no shade
24 days ago

Rained just two days prior but trail was in good shape. Very cold wind and nothing to stop it at the peak. Dress in layers and bring gloves. Great views of San Jose and the South Bay. While you’re near the Lick Observatory, take an hour and go check it out.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

There are some beautiful views of the surrounding hills, the observatory, and all of San Jose. Fires were burning up north but I was above the smoke line on a crystal clear sunny day. You truly feel isolated and away from everything. No houses and no power lines to obstruct the views. There are a few steep ascents/descents but they are short and wouldn’t be a problem if there were only a few - but there’s a lot of them. I got a good workout! I will do this one again after the rains. It will be quite majestic when everything is green and blooming. Be sure to take the antler point spur for an amazing view of San Jose!

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

There are some beautiful views of the surrounding hills, the observatory, and all of San Jose. Fires were burning up north but I was above the smoke line on a crystal clear sunny day. You truly feel isolated and away from everything. No houses and no power lines to obstruct the views. There are a few steep ascents/descents but they are short and wouldn’t be a problem if there were only a few - but there’s a lot of them. I got a good workout! I will do this one again after the rains. It will be quite majestic when everything is green and blooming. Be sure to take the antler point spur for an amazing view of San Jose!

This combo of trails takes you throughout the park. There are some beautiful views of the surrounding hills, the observatory, and all of San Jose. Fires were burning up north but I was above the smoke line on a crystal clear sunny day. You truly feel isolated and away from everything. No houses and no power lines to obstruct the views. There are a few steep ascents/descents but they are short and wouldn’t be a problem if there were only a few - but there’s a lot of them. I got a good workout! I will do this one again after the rains. It will be quite majestic when everything is green and blooming. Be sure to take the antler point spur for an amazing view of San Jose!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Love this trail but today I saw 4 tarantulas and I happen to really hate spiders so watch out everyone. It is tarantula mating season.

This trail isn’t as spectacular as some more notable national park trails but it is beautiful in its own right. The rustling rolling golden hills that surround you give you a sense of zen with a bright blue sky as a back drop. The trail is hardly trafficked so it is very likely to not come across anyone while you’re on it, personally that is something I can appreciate. As far as difficulty, I’d say it is a bit more difficult than moderate. As someone who trail runs 10 miles, has done Whitney etc., the rolling hills on this trail really give you a good workout. The trail isn’t at all treacherous but the constant change in elevation really takes a toll after a while. Enjoy! :)

hiking
4 months ago

Good training for hills and no one else on the trail the whole time. Some areas have a weird smell from the surrounding plants and some parts of the trail are so narrow that it’s probably not good to wear shorts because sharp bushes grow right into the trail and you have to brush them. We saw a nice view of Lick Observatory on the way back.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic and difficult hike! Probably not the best idea to do it in August when temperature was almost 100 degrees but I figured why not. My GPS watch showed 25.25 miles. The key to doing this during the hot summer is bring a lot of water since there are no water sources, aside from some ponds that should only be considered during life and death emergencies with a lifestraw or something equivalent. I brought a 3 liter hydration bladder and an extra 1.5 liters of water in a separate bottle. Yeah that sounds like a lot but I used every drop of it. One nice thing about the hike is that around the midway point you cross the road that goes up to the top of Mount Hamilton. If you're hiking in a group, and have multiple cars, a great idea would be to leave 1 car at the little parking lot where the trail crosses the road. Then when you get to that point you could refill your water supply with extra water you have stored in your car. Another nice thing about the hike route crossing the road at the half way point is that if you decide you just can't do another 13+ miles of hills you can always hike back down the road to the parking lot for Grant Lake where you started. This for sure was a challenging hike. You have to like, or at least be able to tolerate countless hills. Just when you think hills are finished along come another set, and they don't stop until almost the very end. Feels like going up Mission Peak maybe 2.5+++ times, for those people who like to hike up Mission Peak. I'd do it again but I'll wait till the winter when it's not so hot. Early spring would also be a nice time when things are still green. Oh and watch out for rattle snakes, I saw 4 during the hike. I never saw a single person the entire hike so had it to myself. Highly recommend this hike just make sure you prepare, good first aid kit and many liters of water!

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
washed out
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

This was a really good trail. I started out in the morning around 9am. It was warm day. Make sure to take plenty of water. In the beginning is mostly climbing up. But wants you get to the top the views are amazing. Lick observatory is visible when reach the top Yerba buena trail. And the rest of the view is just amazing. The Dissent back is nice, some shade, is like you entered a completely different place, so the sights are enjoyable. You won’t be disappointed I’ll say that.

Good for trail running and hiking. The start of this route is at a traffic circle I guess. Plenty of shade along the way. Power lines along the way also, keep watch. Around the 5-6 mile mark you may not see the trail clearly. Follow the route with GPS and you should be fine. Once you reach pavement just follow it all the way to the parking lot. Good run. On a 75 degree day with a breeze.. it's blast. Very quiet park.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Really beautiful area, refreshing breeze, few hikers, and a very clearly marked trail. There's very little shade, though, so be sure to bring sunscreen. I went clockwise on the first loop and counterclockwise on the second to avoid the steep elevation. It was still challenging for me, but that really helped.

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