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

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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.

44 minutes ago

Beautiful views of Gilroy. Wide trail with a gradual incline. Great place for a light hike!

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1 month ago

Great hike but very little shade. Go early morning/late evenings to avoid the heat

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7 months ago

For being so close to town, this is a great day hike area. I adored the scene of California poppies sprinkled throughout the rock outcroppings that were painted orange with lichen. There is a nice view of San Jose atop the ridge line. The ridge gets windy, bring a shell or light jacket.

7 months ago

It was a very good experience, with two kids a 2yer old and a 3yer old, it was a nice View from the top and the trail itself it’s clean and well-maintained

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7 months ago

This is my first time hiking around Morgan Hill and this is totally worth it! We hiked right after the rain so everything was so green. We got to see wild animals along the ways. Please note the best time to go is spring or Fall.

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9 months ago

Beautiful view- I try to go during times when there’s less people. I’ve had the top to myself many times and love the adventure up!

10 months ago

nice view

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Great hike but you must watch the bike riders as they zoom by unannounced.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

This is a great loop trail that goes from the Pueblo Group Area, to Coyote Peak, and back down the Rocky Ridge Trail. There are great views of both the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mtns, and of Silicon Valley, especially from the peak. The Rocky Ridge section of this loop is exposed to the sun, but luckily the day of our hike it was quite windy. A coyote was seen trotting along the trail ahead of us.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beautiful views from the top of coyote peak, definitely worth checking out.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

This trail is a loop that combines three separate trails. Lots of wildlife was spotted: does, funnel spiders, and a colony of frogs at the pond near the end of the loop. It was mostly shaded until the ascent up to Coyote Peak. At the top of Coyote Peak is a spectacular view of the city.

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