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Bear Creek Summit via Madrone Knoll Trail and Alma Trail

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Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Bear Creek Summit via Madrone Knoll Trail and Alma Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 1,568 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Horseback riding Walking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Hiking and equestrian trail that climbs to the top of Madrone Knoll.

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Andy Deot
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Steve Zamora
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Great hike

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Joseph Moran
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Kitty Wong
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Came on a Thursday morning, plenty of parking spaces. A very nice and gradual uphill trail to the summit along all the redwood trees. 90% of the walk was under shade. A beautiful and well maintained trail.

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Mitch Aman
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Gorgeous trail! Hiked the first half with Laura. Ran down halfway. Unfortunately there wasn’t a view at the top of the summit, but the redwoods made up for it. Plenty of shade, and a nice breeze at the top. Definitely a new favorite park!

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Clyde Lerner
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Loved it. Mostly shaded. Some good exercise hills but not too steep.

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Mark Hull
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Good shade but meh views and pay off. Not too crowded.

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Kristin Cameron
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David Lake
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Great hike! Parking can be limited, so get there early or be ready to wait a bit for a spot. We went on a Sunday at 11:30am. It was full, but we only had to wait a bit. When we left at 3:30pm there were a lot of spots. Probably 90% shade on the trail. Even with 90% weather, it was nice along the way. If you want to extend your hike a bit, take the summit trail to Bear Creek summit and get a total of about 8.0 miles. The elevation climb is fairly gradual so, it’s not too tiring either going up or down. We went clockwise as that allowed us to be coming downward towards the end. Only sad part is that no dogs are allowed, so you can’t bring your furry friends.

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Anipra Patil
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Loved this trail. Well shaded by beautiful redwoods all around. It has a decent elevation and gives a good workout; no views though. Parking lot gets full very fast so go early.

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Blake Herring
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Good hike, nice shade for most of trail.

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Nicole Laprise
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Parking lot was almost full when I arrived at 7:30am. There are bathrooms near the parking lot. Trail was mostly shady with consistent incline, challenging but not too steep. I took the Alma trail to the summit and the Redwood Springs trail on the way back. Total was 7.3 miles and took me almost 2.5 hours.

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Karen Schuyler
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Nice shaded trail for most of it. Agreed that there isn't much to see at the top, but I enjoyed the forest! A nice climb throughout - nothing too steep but a good cardio burn.

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Russell Tan
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The reviews I read before my hike were all accurate. Took the Alma Trail to the Madrone Knoll trail to the peak. Yes, an anticlimactic summit but the mostly shaded trail more than makes up for it. Round trip took 3.5 hours at a very leisurely pace. I took my time on the ascent so as to conserve energy. The redwoods are impressive! We started at 0700 and didn’t really encounter any bugs until our return. Overall it was a challenge that was made a little easier with a lot of shade.

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Lee Vilensky
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Beautiful trail. Difficult ascent to start

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Marcella Lynne
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Nice redwoods and very shaded. Just not much to see at the summit but it is a great workout.

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Peijie Li
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One of my favorite trail! There is only one median-size parking lot, and it gets filled pretty quickly during weekends. The trailhead is right next to parking lot entrance. The trail is about 7 miles (or 8 if you go up to bear creek summit via Madrone Knoll Trail) and is entirely under tree shadows (no sunburn!). There are some bugs during summer time but I am ok with them.

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Andrew & Greta Wilson
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Nice shady 7mile trail with a constant climb. Path is well maintained so no need for hiking boots. Wear comfortable shoes that are good for about 3.5miles of constant uphill climbing. Trail is a little rougher near the knoll at the top but still easy on the ankles. Not much to see except trees and a few birds. A little bit of distance view at the top and some big redwoods. It’s a great exercise trail. Plenty of space and the 1500 climb....phew. Walking it should be a 2.5 - 3hr return pending upon your fitness if you go all the way.

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Sita Kumar
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Kind of an anti-climactic peak but the trail is really nice, shaded and green! Lots of wild flowers and very well kept. Not too many flat parts, was always climbing slightly so we were pretty tired by the end!

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Zee Chunawala
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Took me 2 hours round trip, ran a bit of the way down. Took the Alma Trail up and the Redwood Springs Trail down. No grand views at the top or along the trail, but some views of the mountains through the trees. Shaded, well-maintained trail and some big Redwood trees. Not too crowded either.

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Megan Dehaan
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Great little climb up to the top. And fun on the way down. Took about 1 1/2 hours out and back, moderate pace while stopping for pictures!

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Mike Valdez
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Trail was heavy on the uphill at the start. Lots of shade. A few scenic redwood areas but no grand views or anything particularly outstanding. Good challenge though, finished it just under 3.5 hrs.

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Omar Azzam
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Emre Onder
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Very pleasant with redwoods, shady trail and a moderate slope in most places. I returned on Redwood Springs Trail which was better than going back on Alma Trail but it’s not marked on the All Trails maps. The trail itself is well marked. Just pay attention to the signs. I also saw a brown California newt. The peak is a bit disappointing since there are no panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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Antin Selvaraj
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Omar Azzam
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Good workout, 3hr hike for me. No real view at the top of the knoll I thought I'd see some panoramic view, but you can catch glimpses between trees of surrounding mountains.

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Xintao Lyu
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Hitesh Kulkarni
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Good workout. Very few views. Amazing redwoods though. Trail is very well marked.

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Ginger Cooper
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New trail lots of shade - recommend for warm days. Little views but gorgeous redwoods

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