Looking for a great trail in Joseph D Grant County Park, California? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail 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 8 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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blowdown
no shade
over grown
9 days ago

This is an absolutely wonderful trail, and I recommend it to anyone interested in a rigorous and challenging 10-mile hike. My wife and I took the trail counterclockwise and loved every step of it. The views included a beautiful panorama of rolling hillsides, the Lick Observatory, and in the farthest distance a glimpse of the South Bay. A personal highlight was seeing the remains of and learning about Joseph D. Grant's Pala Seca Cabin (a destination frequented by President Herbert Hoover after his election in 1928) on the edge of Deer Valley. This was a pleasant and unexpected treat to encounter.

Somebody suggested going up Los Huecos Trail, which is steep for 2+ miles with sections over 10% grade. Thank you! Sure beats walking down those loose rocks. Fantastic hike with all variations of terrain. Nice smooth dirt path, muddy in low areas in May, overgrown narrow path near the top, enjoyable descent on Canada de Pala and Halls Valley Trails.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

I can’t really tell you about the whole loop because my friend and I went two miles and then turned around and went back. We were supposed to do the McCreery Lake trail, but it was closed due to flooding, so we did Los Huecos instead. What I CAN tell you is if you start at the parking lot and go clockwise, the trail will be all uphill for two miles after the lake. Oh, and the wildflowers were beautiful in April.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
2 months ago

Just did this hike, with 2 variations. I took Los Huecos trail up insteal of Halls Valley, and added the Pala Seca loop. Overall very beautiful, lots of wild flowers and not too muddy since it hasn't rained seriously for a few weeks now. Lots of cows next to the trail, they didn't do anything, but can be kind of unnerving. Not sure was to do if they would get upset. Really glad I added the extra loop up there, first there are very nice views of the Observatory and further hills in Diablo Range towards the east, and on the second half of the loop, there is some goergous natural wetland, with lots of flowers, saw a frog and lots of tadpoles in the water. Last part of the hike is not as nice, since it's more like a road than trail, and finally the last stretch you have to walk on the road, be careful with traffic. Overall though, the blooming wildflowers more than make up for it.

hiking
2 months ago

Cows and mud, and smoggy views of San Jose through the hills. Fully exposed, so best done on cold days. A lot of gangly, awesome oaks on these hills.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Very nice hike since everything was really green from the recent rains! It was very muddy at parts. I got to see some wild turkeys as well.

I took a short hike from the Smith Creek station on Mt. Hamilton Road, and joined Mazanita Trail from there. I highly recommend this hike, and I plan to go back for further exploration. Beautiful trail through oak woodlands, open grassy areas and ponds. Everything still green in mid-March 2019 after a winter that had both rain and snow at this elevation. Little streamlets still running near the trail at spots, especially at the lower levels of Manzanita Trail. Muddy in places, and there are signs currently saying that the trail is closed to bikes and horses - but still presumably open to hikers. You will also probably run into cattle grazing at various spots.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
snow
4 months ago

We hiked early on the President day 2019. Snow still covered most of the hilltop on our way up. The wet trails were frozen hard. On the way down, most snow melted and the trails became muddy. The view was spectacular. Pictures couldn’t describe its beauty. In the summer, it probably would be brutal because of no shade.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful as ever but still muddy from the rain.

Amazing views and snow on mount Hamilton! A rare sight here in Santa Clara County

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

McCreary lake from trail head via Halls Valley Trail. Connect with Loop Trail, to reach Yerba Buena trail, and return via Yerba Buena (forms a loop, but short section missing from recording). Trail's path is not clear at McCreary Lake. We had to ford the creek/spillway to get to the west side of the lake and join Loop Trail. Parking at trail head is limited. Additional parking at Joseph D Grant Park. Access to trail head from park parking lot via hotel trail.

trail running
muddy
5 months ago

First outdoor training "run" before my first 50k. First 1/3 is the steepest then it lets up a little. The best section of this route is the anti-clockwise descent (Canada de Pala Trail) from the summit - both for views and being a fun, fast descent. A few months ago there were large sections of burn scars here but it is now extremely green and verdant. The rest of the trail is somewhat boring - large wide fire track and no shade in summer.

Beautiful train system that seems off the beaten path and not that far to drive from. Lots of ups and downs, and a scenic lake to start the hike. The scenery is diverse and nice to look at, and it really seems like you're away from anything urban. It's not spectacular, say like a redwood forest or hiking through a wooded area, but still really nice and recommended. There's tons of signs of critters from the scat on the trails and pathways in the brush, so if you go at dawn/dusk you'll likely see a bunch. I saw a juvenile coyote.

Excellent views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and an exhilarating hike through the oak forested foothills of Mt. Hamilton, home to the Lick Observatory.

awesome views and decent hike

hiking
8 months ago

Mid level trail. Not too steep. Clean bathroom available at the beginning of the trail.

Beautiful views!

My new favorite trail!

trail running
9 months ago

Gates are locked at sunset! Super dusty but not an issue for a solo person. Anti-clockwise worked well for me as I like to walk the steeper uphills. More shade on the final leg of the counter-clockwise loop but not by much. Observed: two tarantula

easy trail to folloe. there is no water or anyplace to sit after you get past the lake so plan accordingly. I did not and it was painful

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Was not a big fan of this trail. For a place that we have to pay to get in expected the trails to be more walkable

hiking
Friday, June 08, 2018

The views are nice on this trail, but not a lot of shade on the first few miles. Deer Valley was well worth the trip. check out the reader board at Pala Seca Cabin.

This turned out to be a nice weekend day hike. I parked across the highway at the Grant Lake parking lot so I wouldn't have to pay the park entry fee. The start of the trail is a bit hard to find, so pre-load the map and keep it handy. The scenery is a mix of oak woods, cow pastures, and rolling hills.

hiking
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This looked like a nice day hike, so I attempted it in the CCW direction. The Yerba Buena Trail narrows down to single track, and I found myself dodging poison oak growing out over the trail. It soon became so thick that I gave up and turned around. I then went up the north side of the loop (Halls Valley Trail), which is a nice wide road/trail. The views were fantastic in April, with green hills and oaks, and a peek through the other side of the basin to Silicon Valley at the top. I came down the Los Huecos Trail, which was wide but very steep. TLDR: Halls Valley Trail is great. Yerba Buana Trail is overgrown with poison oak and impassable. Los Huecos Trail is very steep.

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