DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

We took the lower ridge route. Except for the charred hill, the hike is beautiful and has amazing views of San Jose. We especially liked the ranch museum and barns, fun place for the kids to start.
Beware, this trail has a steep initial incline; but that is what makes this hike superb . . . the views. you can go two directions, and still loop around. We hit it at sunset, but there was much haze from the fires in Northern California.
If you are looking for a half-hour to 1.5 hour hike with a good heart-pumping workout, try the Bernal Hill Vista loop. A Bay Area hike that leads to other trails. Santa Teresa County Park has endless forks for more trails. Come prepared with shoes that grip the ground, and trekking poles to take the weight off your knees.
We will be coming back.
- Mike and Angel Cutler, EarthTrek Gear