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Welcome to Sanborn County Park. This lushly wooded park of over 3,688 acres, is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. This mountain park of redwoods and tan bark oak, offers hiking, camping, RV camping and picnicking opportunities year round. Enjoy your visit today and return often to experience the many features of Sanborn County Park. Sanborn County Park is located on Sanborn Road. From Saratoga, proceed two miles west on Highway 9 to Sanborn Road. Turn left onto Sanborn Road, traveling one mile to the park entrance. The park is open year round from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

hiking
8 days ago

Pretty interesting hike, don’t let the short distance fool you, it is moderate for a reason. The end of Sanborn Trail was foggy when I hiked, it was interestingly spooky. Not so many sceneries though. Overall, highly recommended for those who want a good hike with little time.

hiking
10 days ago

Not all trails allow dogs, so be prepared for an out and back rather than a loop. Beautiful scenery and well worth the hike.

The first half mile is industrial grade maintenance road and very steep. After you reach the Ranch Lake it becomes wide single track that is not too steep, but is all ascent. Well maintained and almost totally in the shade. No redwoods, but plenty of large Douglas firs. Some of the trail is pure art work reminiscent of CCC work.

A very good hike.

Good hike under the shade. Dog owners be aware of bikes as It is a very popular MTB trail.

Nice trail and accessible.
We did it me and my girlfriend during fall season.
It is recommended to be really careful on the way down (after 6km or so). This portion is intensively used for mountain bike descents.

Lots of uphill, but a gorgeous trail through the forest, and very quiet on the Monday we went. Highly recommend.

Not a lot to see on the fire road down to the reservoir but it’s an easy walk and the view of the water is a nice reward. Keep walking around to the other side. It’s 1.9 miles to this point. If you keep going straight into the woods on the John Nicholas trail it’s very pretty! The fall leaves were spectacular. I turned back at the second bridge but would have loved to keep going. It took me about an hour each way at an average pace. Not too bad of an incline on the way back up. Good spot for biking or walking the dogs. Not a ton of parking but there’s spots along the road.

Summit rock is the highlight. The access to summit rock comes quite quickly into the trail, where you can choose to take either loop or summit rock out & back access trail. Note that the access to summit remains closed for part of the year due to falcons nesting. Not complaining! Fun rocks to climb on and spending some time gazing at the spectacular view. Rest of the trail is your average hike in woods. Good for a quick moderate workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of shade. Perfect for a get up and go hike. Good ups in the beginning.

hiking
2 months ago

not alot of scenic views, but great shaded hike

hiking
3 months ago

Fun for hiking. 5 stars if having a great view for photos.

This trail is great for running and hiking. It took me just over 3 hours to complete, and it was well worth it. Well maintained trails in beautiful forests and redwood groves in the lower loop, and more challenging rocky terrain with beautiful views in the upper loop. Bring plenty of water and download the map ahead of time!

hiking
3 months ago

one of my all time favorite places to hike

Nice flat stroll through the forest at Sanborn County Park. Great for walking the dogs. Note there is very little parking at the Sanborn Rd trailhead.

4 months ago

Okay hike. Pretty steep with some shade here and there. Consistent incline throughout the whole thing.

Decent hike. Lots of inclines for a good workout. Saw some deer and butterflies, but not many views. Lots of shade though so good on a hot day.

Good easy hike. beautiful redwoods. wide trails, dog friendly

trail running
5 months ago

Nicely shaded out and back. Not a lot of parking and seems to be a popular trail with mountain bikers. Initial steep climb for the first 1.5ish miles but steady gradient with lots of switchbacks after. A challenge if you push for speed on the uphill, but also not too difficult to maintain a 10min mile pace for the entirety if you’re just in the mood for an easy run.

Nice shade throughout. Beautiful change in climate and landscape between Sanborn and Castle Rock. Very hard hike but one of my favorites. Exhausted at the end of it.

We hiked twice in the last two weeks. First time we stopped at Skyline, because the mist was getting heavier; The second time we were sort of lost as the sign wasn’t quite clear after Skyline. There were many bugs flying around and it was not pleasant at all. We hiked 14.5 miles but only gained 2700 ft of elevation. We liked the first part, the bugs could be due to the hot and humidity.

hiking
6 months ago

pretty consistent incline, but perfect for heartrate.

Love this trail and all surrounding. The area is my favorite, a perfect balance between nature features, challenging terrain, and beautiful forest.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and moderate forest trail with plenty of nature features to check out.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed the sanborn trail!

mountain biking
6 months ago

Excellent trail for biking. I'm still working myself into shape (and I'm no spring chicken) so I struggled a bit but made it up to the peak. Intermediate and advanced riders will cruise up. Killer view. Very, very fun cruise down. Will definitely do again soon but I will bring bug spray for the climb.

trail running
7 months ago

Good elevation, running through the red woods is always fun. First quarter mile a little trickier to navigate due to lack of signage and it being my first time on this route. Fog was rolling over the mountains today for a nice tree rain at the top. $6 parking fee if you want to park inside the park.

hiking
7 months ago

It was challenging on the way up pretty steep the first few miles. Not the best marked but not difficult to navigate. I will definitely be back.

Good hike even in hot weather as 80% of it is in the shade. We really enjoyed the workout and the views. Not crowded at all. Definitely recommend for trail running and for local summer hiking. It took us 6 hours to complete. Download the map - it gets confusing sometimes.

hiking
7 months ago

It’s a fire road trail so it’s nice and wide with nice views of the redwoods. Not much to see till the end. Mainly mountain biking was seen on the trail.

great hike

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