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Alma Trail and Redwood Springs Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,043 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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The Alma (the Spanish word for soul) Trail is located west of Bear Creek Road and is accessible using the new pedestrian crossing. This trail traverses into densely wooded fir and redwood forests, through bay and oak woodlands, eventually linking to the Madrone Knoll Trail. Be prepared: These trails climb from the parking area located at 1,000 feet in elevation to Madrone Knoll, the highest point, at 2,400 feet.

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Safa Faheem
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Hiking

Beautiful! Careful though, my friend and I heard a growling and some strange noises about halfway through the trail. A flock of birds randomly appeared and started flying away, and the rustling was too light to be a deer. We got too scared and decided to turn around. We warned some other hikers, who decided to go and investigate. They later reported to us when we met them at the parking lot that it was definitely probably a mountain lion, and they decided to turn around too. This was around 6:45pm (close to sunset) on a Friday night. I've done this trail 3 times, and this is my first time experiencing something like that.

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Olivia Hsieh
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Lot of shade

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Gina Cali
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Hiking

Love this trail

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SWETAL DESAI
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Safa Faheem
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Peter Lee
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Nice and shaded out there

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Cindy Pelger
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Sora Lee
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Hiking

Great shaded trail but don’t expect any spectacular views except for nature :)

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Nahida Sultana
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Suddenly planned, wasn't sure if we'd actually hike during this time. But it ended up really nice hiking, completed the entire trail without any difficulty. If anyone looking for a shaded and moderate trail within the Los Gatos area, I would recommend this trail. The only problem is there isn't enough parking. Luckily, today wasn't crowded, we got parking easily. It's always better to start early.

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Daisy Yan
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Got there on Sunday around 8:15 with plenty of parking (tip: don't GPS to "Alma Trail". Instead, use the location "Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Parking Lot"). Caveat, this was the morning when the crazy thunder and lightning woke up the entire Bay Area at like 4 in the morning, plus it was a hear wave weekend which may have deterred people. In any case, while there was plenty of shade on the trail there are still parts with sun so definitely use sunscreen. Elevation gain wasn't too bad. Overall, great hike with beautiful views of trees and nature.

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Gaetano Lonardo
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Hiking

On a super hot day this trail was nice and shaded! will be back again

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Jean T
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Animesh Shukla
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Tara Boehm
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This is a well maintained and shaded trail if you’re in the Santa Cruz/Los Gatos Area. It was a decent workout with the incline to start and the nice walk downhill through the different trees.

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Michelle Romero
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Hiking

Whew, that was a workout! The beginning is a bit of an uphill. I went on a weekday around 12pm and only ran into a few other hikers. Very wide trail, easy to maintain social distancing. I went counterclockwise (right at the fork), and found it was more uphill for a little bit, but gradually came back down before switching to Alma. Very pretty hike!

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Sunh33 Lee
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Hiking

Loved this trail because it is super shady and lots of pretty redwood trees along the whole trail.

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Alex S
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Hiking

The beginning is quite steep but levels out fairly well once you reach the loop.

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Syed Almahmud
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Hiking

Great hiking within close proximity. Shaded all the way. We went counterclockwise and the trail coming back was more beautiful. Not much view other than the forest but the workout is great. Only problem is that not many parking spaces are available. We’re lucky to find one around 3:30 pm while cars were circling to find one.

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Nicole Dalesio
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It’s beautiful. Lots of shade, majestic redwoods, and flowers.

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Tracey Ford
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Hiking

Beautiful wide trail hike. Nothing super strenuous, but a good workout. Takes about 2 hours. No views. Lots of shaded areas. Parking on a Sunday morning at 8:00am took over an hour. I won’t be hiking the trail on a weekend again. Between the parking and all very large groups on the trail without masks and not distancing, it’s not worth it.

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Rachel User
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FYI, "Face coverings are required when you can’t stay 6 feet away from persons you don’t live with. Many Midpen trails are narrow — wear a mask, bandanna or gaiter you can pull over your mouth and nose as needed." (from the Bear Creek redwoods preserve website). Arrived at the parking lot at 8:30am on a Saturday and it was full with a line of people waiting for spots - I was 4th in line and waited about 20 mins to park (and people pulling in do try to cut you off even if they see you waiting). The trail is pretty crowded at the base but the higher you hike the less people you see. Lots of shade provided by the giant trees. Really enjoyed but wouldn't come back again on a weekend because of the crowds.

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Jean T
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Hiking

Nice wide trail so even if you come across other people, you could practice safe distancing. Wear a mask if you come to protect yourself from Covid and the dust that gets kicked up from the trail. TIP: it’s an easier hike if you go right at the fork because it’s primarily downhill. Or else you’ll face an uphill climb when finishing the loop. Most of the trail is shaded and maintained. There’s a non flushing bathroom with TP and hand sanitizer. Parking lot fits about 35-40 cars but you can be there waiting a while if the lot is full since the trail is so long.

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di m
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Hiking

I think this is one of my favorite hikes. Not too hard, shady areas and beautiful, peaceful surroundings. There are also nice bathrooms near the spacious parking lot.

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Lisa Tran
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Paul Marcos
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Trail is nice but pretty unremarkable. It’s super accessible and as such there were more people than I expected for a morning midweek hike. And unfortunately a good amount of trash dropped along the trail, mostly from kids I would guess.

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Danielle Esther
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Hiking

Love this trail! Most of it is a nice wide path, with more narrow areas few places. Nothing too steep or rocky. I use it for trail running and hiking. Doesn’t lead to a viewpoint but scenery is beautiful along the way with soft paths on beds of redwood leaves.

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Hiking

Good workout. Shaded mostly but not throughout, was a hot day today so not an ideal trail for a hot sunny day.

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Ian Lee
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Jisha Jacob
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Hiking

Lot of shade and beautiful wild flowers on the way. Start early to avoid traffic.

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Maureen Mullen
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Hiking

Trail is a workout for those in just OK shape! The first half hour is uphill with the last bit being very steep, but do-able with rest stops. Once you get to the fork, I prefer continuing on the Alma Trail because it lets me catch my breath for a while before heading back uphill and eventually onto the Redwood Springs Trail and back down, completing the loop. It takes me just shy of 3 hours to do this loop with stops for photos (those redwoods!) and snacks/water.

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