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Antler Point from Twin Gates

MODERATE 19 reviews

Antler Point from Twin Gates is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hamilton, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail 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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3 months ago

recorded Antler Point from Twin Gates

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3 months ago

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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4 months ago

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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6 months ago

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.

9 months ago

awesome views and decent hike

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Friday, June 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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Sunday, November 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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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Forgotten trail from a ways back

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