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As described by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: "Overlooking the town of Los Gatos and the south bay, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is the District's largest preserve, encompassing over 17,000 acres of mostly rugged and steep terrain. The environment of Sierra Azul is strikingly varied. One can visit serpentine grasslands, hard, rocky, and steep chaparral, dense stands of bay trees, or quiet, shaded oak woodland forests. For the more hardy explorers, there are deep ravines and riparian corridors, some containing seasonal or year-round water flow. Wildlife is abundant in Sierra Azul. The entire Preserve is prime mountain lion habitat and also provides homes for deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many other species of animals. Sierra Azul ("Blue Range") is a true wilderness area, yet surprisingly close to the urban areas of the South Bay, making it a popular destination."

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6 days ago

Only about 15 parking space in trail head. You may go weekdays or get there before 8 AM on weekends. The summit has about 56 parking space. The good news is those people who just sight seeing on the summit won't stay long. So you may wait patiently on summit parking lot on weekends to get space. Then hike down and back to summit. The near 360 degree view on summit is gorgerous. You may eat sandwich and rest for half hours on summit and continue your hiking. in general, it's an easy trail, the elevation gain is smooth out over 3.5 miles trail. except for the last section near the umunhum summit, the trail is mostly shady.

Good elevation gain to get you some good exercise. Mostly shaded except at the top. Great views of the reservoir towards the end. Small parking area on roadside at the trail head.

15 days ago

Beautiful hike

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1 month ago

Monday morning hike so trail wasn’t busy. Great local hike if you can’t get away from the area.

on Mount Umunhum

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1 month ago