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Antler Point from Twin Gates

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Joseph D Grant County Park

Antler Point from Twin Gates is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hamilton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,578 feet Route Type: Loop

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If you like sweeping vistas and wildflowers, this is a hike you should consider. At ten miles, its relatively lengthy, but starting at Twin Gates eliminates some of the elevation gain and makes it a little easier in that regard. The Canada de Pala trail goes up from the parking lot, past the upper end of the Yerba Buena trail and crests at a place with a large fallen oak; a very nice place to stop and take in the view. A tall remnant of the long dead tree juts like a tooth at the crest of the hill. On a clear day you can see the bay as far north as the Dunbarton, and even on a foggy day the observatory looms above you from the peak of Mount Hamilton to the Southeast. The trail then dips down and crests again, just a little higher before it drops down and passes the upper ends of the Los Huecos and Halls Valley trails. In the springtime this trail is littered with a fantastic variety of flowers, but even in the winter, with a brisk wind clearing out the smog at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, the views are awesome. Antler Point, is at the end of a 0.3 mile single track that cuts off of the main trail. The view is fantastic on a clear day down in the bay area. There's another beautiful overlook up there but it looks down into the Smith Creek canyon.

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13 days ago

Easy walk with little shade on the ridge line. recommend to start early as the day heats up pretty quickly. the trail is technically a dirt road with a good view of the surrounding area including Mt. Hamilton.

1 month ago

beautiful in the spring. i hiked here with my dog mid may - BIG MISTAKE. There is a type of super evolved spiral thorn here all over the trail. it terrorized my dog to the point he couldnt walk anymore and I spent 2 hours removing hundreds of these demons from his fur.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

I visited on March 31, 2020, which was two days after the rain had stopped. I got lucky, as the trail was drying out. There's no parking fee. It is a 10 miles round trip with 1,578 ft of elevation gain. I started at 1:20 pm and finished at 6:10 pm, taking a 40-minute break in between. This trail is of moderate difficulty. The first mile, a hike up to large fallen oak, was steep but not bad. After that, it was like rolling hills, up and down. It wasn't too difficult; I just took a few minutes of break every mile or so to enjoy the view, and then my legs were ready to hike again. When I got to the sign 0.4 miles to Antler Point, the trail changed to a single track, which made it more fun and a little more exciting. In the entire 10 miles of hiking I saw only 6 hikers and 4 cyclist. If I could name this trail, I would call it PEACE, JOY & LOVE. That's because the view truly delighted my soul. Standing on the top of this trail I lost myself in the panorama of unbroken beauty: San Francisco Bay, Mountains, Observatory and friendly cows. This is perfect trail for the spring season, I will have to come back here for different hike very soon.

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3 months ago

Very nice and isolated trail. Really beautiful views the whole way. No shade at all and completely exposed, so make sure to pack for the weather. Mostly rolling hills the whole way, but some steeps portions too. A bunch of cute cows too! I did this after the rains and the trail was super muddy (especially with all the cows), so keep that in mind if it has been wet.

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3 months ago

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8 months ago

There are some beautiful views of the surrounding hills, the observatory, and all of San Jose. Fires were burning up north but I was above the smoke line on a crystal clear sunny day. You truly feel isolated and away from everything. No houses and no power lines to obstruct the views. There are a few steep ascents/descents but they are short and wouldn’t be a problem if there were only a few - but there’s a lot of them. I got a good workout! I will do this one again after the rains. It will be quite majestic when everything is green and blooming. Be sure to take the antler point spur for an amazing view of San Jose!

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8 months ago

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Sat Apr 13 2019

recorded Antler Point from Twin Gates

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Sat Mar 30 2019

Cows and mud, and smoggy views of San Jose through the hills. Fully exposed, so best done on cold days. A lot of gangly, awesome oaks on these hills.

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Tue Feb 19 2019

We hiked early on the President day 2019. Snow still covered most of the hilltop on our way up. The wet trails were frozen hard. On the way down, most snow melted and the trails became muddy. The view was spectacular. Pictures couldn’t describe its beauty. In the summer, it probably would be brutal because of no shade.

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Sat Jan 19 2019

First outdoor training "run" before my first 50k. First 1/3 is the steepest then it lets up a little. The best section of this route is the anti-clockwise descent (Canada de Pala Trail) from the summit - both for views and being a fun, fast descent. A few months ago there were large sections of burn scars here but it is now extremely green and verdant. The rest of the trail is somewhat boring - large wide fire track and no shade in summer.

Sat Oct 13 2018

awesome views and decent hike

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Fri Jun 08 2018

The views are nice on this trail, but not a lot of shade on the first few miles. Deer Valley was well worth the trip. check out the reader board at Pala Seca Cabin.

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Sun Nov 05 2017

Beautiful hike. First 4 miles pretty steep but not too hard. Great views over the valley and Mount Hamilton.

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Wed Nov 01 2017

Forgotten trail from a ways back

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