Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop

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Santa Teresa County Park

Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 705 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Coyote Peak is the must-visit point in Santa Teresa County Park in southern San Jose, California. This loop to the peak is a good way to get there: steep enough to provide a good workout and scenic enough to reward your efforts. Coyote Peak looks out over the southern expanse of Silicon Valley, with great views of both the Diablo Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west. Admittedly, this park is not the sexiest hiking locale in the South Bay, but it's extremely accessible if you're in the neighborhood. And let's face it: few city parks have hills with this much elevation gain. Bear in mind that the park is very popular with mountain bikers, so come prepared to share the trails. This hike starts out at the Pueblo Day Use Area; you have to pay to park here, but the amenities (bathrooms, water, picnic tables, lots of parking spaces) are usually unavailable at the free trailheads around the park. Best time to come: If you come early in the morning before it gets too hot, you can hike here all year. Springtime wildflower season is very scenic, and winter offers the best views from Coyote Peak after a strong rain cleans up the smog. Summer and fall will be hot and dry with significant wildfire risk.

hiking
21 hours ago

Went counter clockwise and ran through it. Good workout on the rocky areas but no shade at all. Just power through it. The views are amazing.

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rocky
4 days ago

The hills were very pretty and the view at the peak was beautiful however I wouldn’t recommend going mid-morning/mid-day, especially on a sunny day because there is hardly any shade. Also, it was pretty rocky so be careful of that. We also had to wait in the brush for bikes to pass because the trail is very narrow at some points.

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rocky
5 days ago

Good trail to whiz through if you’re looking for some exercise. I listened to a podcast and powered through quickly. Not really a trail I’d like to lollygag along- as mentioned, it’s rocky, no shade etc. But it is great for a quick workout!

no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Took the trail clockwise like a previous review recommended and was glad I did. Challenging mile up to the peak but the rest was a gradual decline. Beautiful sights too!

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rocky
11 days ago

Trail is not that bad, but very rock for a good amount of the hike. Probably won’t come back because of the rocks, but worth doing at least once.

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no shade
rocky
14 days ago

Outstanding views. Trail is not one way, but highly recommend going clockwise so you have an easier time down the rocky parts.

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rocky
17 days ago

It’s a little rocky but it’s a great hike. The first mile is hard but the view is amazing once you get to the top. The rest is pretty easy but it gets a little rocky when you head towards Mine trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Really great views in every direction from the top. Lots of flowers still in bloom.

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rocky
28 days ago

Amazing hike great views!

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rocky
1 month ago

Awesome trail!! Very rewarding to reach the top ridge.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Challenging incline but worth the view on top.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

If you start towards the end of the trail it will give you a gradual and rocky incline. I started from the beginning which was a fairly steep incline to get up to the top and then continue the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Super windy today, but better in the trees. Saw lots of deer and birds, almost nobody else out except a few other mountain bikers. Along the lake is a fun ride, not too much extreme elevation

hiking
4 months ago

Bad for sunny days

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closed
4 months ago

As of today 12/28/2019 the ridge trail was closed at the mine trail/ ridge trail split. So we ended up doing the fortini trail instead.

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rocky
5 months ago

Great dog friendly trail with beautiful views of the hills. Second half is tucked away from the views of San Jose and instead overlooks the back part of Santa Teresa Park. First half, if you start on the trail head that's on the left (from the parking lot) is a bit uphill.

Trail is ok, parking fee of $6 is too expensive for a short hike. Trail seems to be great for biking though.

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no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Wonderful trail in the fall. No shade but easy to follow trail and great views. A bit rocky in some parts

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no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Too many rocks and long up hills. No shade. But view from top hill was wonderful.

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