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El Toro from Dewitt Avenue [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Morgan Hill, California

El Toro from Dewitt Avenue [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Private property

No dogs

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El Toro Peak is on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Please stay on the designated route, end your hike after the OSA trail, and return the same way you came. For more information. please refer to the city's website for the trail here: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1054/El-Toro-Trail

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Reviews (79)
Photos (44)
Recordings (74)
Completed (103)
Amanda Burnside
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Private property

There is NO public access to this trail, because it is located on private property with multiple posted NO TRESPASSING signs. Please abide by the posted signage as a courtesy to the people who live on the property.

Mary J
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Clayton Woock
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Hiking

Wildflowers are blooming like crazy!

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Mike Toffey
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Hiking

Beautiful sunset at the summit tonight. Only saw a few other people.

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Ruben Curiel
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Everyone says park at the church, but the St. Catherine's church is about 2 blocks away from the skirt of el Toro. Does anyone know the name of the street that takes you to the entrance? Thanks and TAKE A HIKE!

aaron heckmann
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parked at the church and walked to the back of the parking lot to get in. very, very steep at the top. great views

Mike Toffey
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Hiking

Love this trail. Quick and tough with fantastic views. For those saying it is closed, you can park at the church and hop 1 easy gate at the back of the parking lot or park at the library and walk around 1 little fence at the end of the street. No one has ever bothered me coming or going from either entrance.

Violet Numoto
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It's closed until deaned safe for public use.

Mariela Rodriguez
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HikingPrivate property

I was looking for the trail start and could not find it. residents told me it was not allowed because it was private. Then a City of Morgan Hill Employee told me it was accessible but I could not find the entrance. can Someone advice?

Ramon LeFrancois
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Hiking

The last 1/3 mile is very steep. There is a rope to help. The view is amazing. After you crest you can see Chesbro Reservoir. watch out for critters. I saw a bobcat in the evening.

Gustavo Martinez
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Hiking

Awesome view with a steep trail. There’s a rope for assistance near the top. Gloves would help with the rope.

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Mike Toffey
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Hiking

Definitely recommend going up the east side and then down the rope on the south, ending at the church. As a few people have said this is a closed trail so best to do early morning.

Mary Montes Garcia
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Hiking

A little work to get to the top but the view is outstanding!

Chris S
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Walking

Parked right where the map takes you. You will walk up a roadway that is a Church. Walk all the way up until you reach the start of the trail. Jump the fence that closes off the trail. It was a VERY steep hike. Wasn’t expecting that. Went when it was around 90 degrees out. In the first 1/2 if the trail there’s plenty of shade, the last 1/2 is VERY steep - there is a rope to hold onto, bring some gloves! Was an overall rewarding hike with awesome views when you get to the top.

Anthony Surber
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She steep as hell

Wendy R.
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Bring spikes or shoes with cleats! We slid down almost the whole way which made for an interesting workout.

Ashley Rose
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Hiking

Trail is closed!!

Vaughn Thomas
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Running

This trail is steep from base to peak when taking the east face up. Be careful when descending the east face as the rock can be loose at places. All in all very fun and intense for such a short hike. I saw multiple deer, turkey, and plenty of wildflowers along the ridge. Watch out for rattlesnakes... a local said he'd seen plenty along this trail.

Nicholas Nicholas Whiting
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Hiking

This is a great Hike! I went up the east face and it is far harder than the South.

Galang Mo
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Hike trail was closed, but I still went on the hike. By far one of the most amazing hikes I been on. Hiking up that steep incline, remember to bring gloves, you will need it to pull up that rope that was installed by hikers.

Matt Morrill
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Hiking

I wanted to hike El Toro on my birthday but it is CLOSED from the winter. I would give this a 5 star hike. It is a nice short hike with a great view of Morgan Hill. I only gave it this rating because it is CLOSED.

Arny Petersen
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I went up the east side trail, and then 360% around the peak, and back down the south side trail to the church. I estimate the entire full circle is about 3.5 miles, good hike. The top sections on both sides are pretty steep so be careful. Good thing that the rope is still there as the south side is very steep. Fun climb, good work out. Happy Trails!

Keith Husted
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Absolutely beautiful once you get to the top. Quite the incline as I wouldn't recommend taking kids.

Tom Cupples
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Really good up the face. One of the best "unofficial" trails

Thomas Harrell
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Hiking
First to Review

Officially, this trail is on private property and is only open to the public once a year through the City of Morgan Hill. The last couple years it has not been opened. The last section of this trail is a very extreme incline and during the open day there is a rope to haul yourself up on and the Boy Scouts have done trail maintenance to prepare it. The views from the top extend out 360 degrees back into Paradise Valley, across Chesbro Reservoir and all of the Morgan Hill area and beyond. Do be careful of loose dirt and an overabundance of poison oak along trail edges.

Klára Košecká
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Chuck Evans
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Daniel Scheffler
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