Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Morgan Hill State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
29 days ago

Great hike between alternating regions of coniferous and deciduous. Sloppy in spots. We lucked out with some great weather on a fall day.

Great hike! It was pretty muddy (before it started to rain) so I was glad I had my waterproof boots. There are a couple of parts that are a little unclear (there's a network of trails up in there) so having the map downloaded was helpful. The blue blazes were fun to follow! The water fall isn't really flowing right now but the leaves were pretty!

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muddy
1 month ago

Leaves covering trail, roots and rocks. Easy to follow but slippery especially when wet. Acorns littering one section made for a lot of rolling underfoot.

Such a good long trail, very easy to follow the blue blazes for the north country trail. Just one really good view point, but several nice waterfalls, creeks, and marshes. I think it would also be a really good trail run. The section on the road is boring, so I went off on an almost parallel trail (meant for mountain bikers so be careful), which added some mileage but made it more exciting. Im also sure that the blue blazes do end up making a full loop, but I don’t know that part of the trail and didn’t want to get lost.

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hiking
3 months ago

Grew up in Truxton and of course knew about Tinker Falls and visited many times. Never knew there was this amazing loop trail from Spruce Pond. Still trying to figure out how far we hiked. Seemed a lot longer than 9.5. Started at Spruce Pond to Tinker Falls across the falls and crossed Shackham Rd and were almost to the Morgan Hill Fire tower when we heard lots of gunshots. Decided to backtrack to Shackham Rd then a left onto Heilhy (sp?) and back to the Pond. Will definitely do again in the fall when leaves turn.

hiking
4 months ago

I saw 1 marker on the whole trail. I'm not sure if I hiked the right trail but what I did hike was a good workout. if I was on the correct trail it went through private roads/property that is what makes me think I wasn't on the correct trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Was a good hike, but not marked very well so we weren’t sure if we were on the right trail at times. It did bring us back to our car, and my iWatch said it was a 3.5 mile loop. Over all, good hike.

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muddy
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rocky
5 months ago

Great trail! Few spots were muddy and there were a few random inclines. You’ll have to go off trail for about 2mi on a road to make the loop back to the start. Trail had a beautiful look out and a hidden waterfall about 4-5mi in. Highly recommend trail! Bring snacks along the way because it was long!

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blowdown
muddy
5 months ago

Nice ramble through the woods. The eastern part of the loop follows a stream with some nice little waterfalls. No view at the summit though.

Loved the variety of terrain and views. As previously mentioned, many options here to cut short the hike or extend it. Mary Mead, it goes by Tinker Falls but there's another one you pass by on the opposite side of the road that fits through the loop.

Just wondering, why is there a waterfall in the picture? What is the name of it. Do you see it from the trail?

A little muddy, too much time on roads. Very nice highlights on the trail though.

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

I did 3 days on this trail. I quit smoking..it was heart breaking and beautiful at the same time. always be special to me.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

A great woods trail. Following cnyhiking.com instructions for the Morgan Hill Short Loop trail was much more helpful (but I like the All Trails Pro feature of following my position along the trail on my phone) I cut it short at Shackham Rd. rather than going on to Jones Hill. Completed about 9 miles this way (according to my Fitbit). What nobody mentions below is that this follows the North Country Trail with blue blazes and is quite well marked. Not for the beginner - but not as steep as some gorge rim trails I've hiked. Watch your step, especially when it's wet. Yes, there's a lot of walking up the roads, but I need to get out of the woods to not feel so closed in all the time, it was a welcome break. The roads are lightly traveled, so it was like a nice walk up a country road. Will be going back to hit the other side at some point.

An ok hike, some nice woodsy spots, however too much road sections. Basically it's two tracks knitted together. The start is down Herlihy Road at the base of Spruce Pond. Across the pond is the trail, part of the Finger Lakes Trail, the Blue marker. Turn left and after 3.3km of winding through the forest, crossing Shackham Road & Pond, it hits turns left on Morgan Hill Road, back across Shackham and onto Herlihy Road for another 2.0km. Near the start at Spruce Pond, it turns right on the Orange Trail, a great 2.8km, however then it empties back onto Herlihy Road for the final 1.0km.

hiking
Wed May 30 2018

The section on the road was boring but the rest of the trail is beautiful with plenty to look at. There are some tough elevation changes, though there are plenty of flat sections to break it up.

hiking
Tue Feb 13 2018

I've done this hike many times and would recommend it anyone

hiking
Fri Nov 17 2017

Pleasant day hike with options to explore further or take shortcuts as needed. Great view to the northwest across Labrador Hollow from the hang glider spot at the northwestern most point of the hike. A relatively new bike trail on the east side lets you bypass most of the long walk on Morgan Hill Rd and keep to the woods, but you do shortcut the northeast corner of the hike this way.

hiking
Sat Oct 28 2017

Nice walk, hike, walk....You start out going up a dirt/gravel road, with pretty forest on either side. once at the top a left turn into a beautiful , well marked forest trail. Eventually you make it back onto Morgan hill road to finish your walk. think we will bring the dogs next time.

The first half of the trail was great. The second half seemed to be a made up trail. We ended up walking 10 miles and only did about 3/4 of it. Check the trail before doing it.

hiking
Sun Aug 20 2017

A pleasant walk with moderate activity on weekends, otherwise quiet.

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Thu Aug 10 2017

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Mon Jun 12 2017

I'd rate this as moderate. I read the trail reviews and used this site to help guide me http://www.cnyhiking.com/Spruce-ShackhamPondLoop.htm. I'm not sure where I missed any turns, but the mileage/directions seemed off. I parked at the dirt parking lot on Herlilhy Road. You can see the trail sign at the end of the pond. I took the blue trail, which was clearly marked. Then, there were some private posted signs that warned you to stay on the trail only. About 1.5-2 miles in, you come to a clearing with a great view of the pond. From there, I continued straight down a wide dirt trail. At 2.75 miles, I reached the end of the trail and RT 91. There were several offshoots for blue and orange trails off this wide, dirt trail, but I couldn't tell which was supposed to be the right loop. I ended up just turning back around and leaving the way I came. Long hike but definitely do able for my 5 month old puppy. She loved all the mud! I wouldn't do this trail again, but for the area, the view at the top is great.

The hike was very enjoyable and the lakes were the beautiful scenic highlights of this trip. The trail was muddy and got much more difficult when the trail becomes part of the FLT system. I had to back track once because I missed the turn at the second lake (shackham?), I never found the trail and just took the road to the lake and FLT entrance.

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