Alma Trail and Redwood Springs Trail Loop

MODERATE 84 reviews

Alma Trail and Redwood Springs Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately 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, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

This trail has no lookout points or a spot to have picnic at the top . It’s just a hike if you are looking to get done with a hike . Full shaded by the trees thou . High inclination for first 1 mile ! And then moderate inclination . Coming down is steep.

First 1/3 is up hill and hard sand road not easy. The rest of trials are good.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike but the beginning was a slow constant incline for the first 2 miles. I went counterclockwise on the loop and I'm glad I did! I'm happy theres a lot of parking. Glad to see the new park!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice shady trail with beautiful trees and flowers. Good for hot days when you value the shade.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
1 month ago

Dusty trail and steep, hiking poles recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a good workout for beginners. parking lot is small, need to be there early in the morning on weekends. View is okay.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Nice wide trail with some dusty sections. Mainly under the tree canopy with a few view points. The sweet peas were blooming on the Alma trail which made a pretty sight. The redwoods were magnificent.

Start off climbing and it’s a steady climb but not grueling. Shaded throughout and wide trails. Turn off to continue climbing another 1400ft to total 2400ft of climbing to Bear Creek Summit (no view), on way back pretty much down hill with few hills and patches of sun. Overall a decent hike but not if you want views of the area. Nicely shaded throughout no place to stop and picnic or grab water so come prepared. Arrive early before 8:00 on weekends to get parking. The lot is relatively small with restroom facilities.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a gravel path for part of the way, and then changes to a dirt path. It’s a well maintained, wide trail. There are big tire treks, so some utility vehicles pass through. If you go right at the fork to start the loop, somewhere near the summit you get a nice vista view, but that’s about it. If you go left at the fork, remember to turn around, or you’ll see nothing but trees. This trail is for exercise, with lots of tree cover from the sun. Ah, and there’s a bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of tree cover, wide trail paths.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of tree cover, wide trail paths.

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