El Toro Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

El Toro Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morgan Hill, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

2.6 miles
1062 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running



El Toro is a 2.7 mile trail located near Morgan Hill, California. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

18 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

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.

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3 months ago

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

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6 months ago

I've been on this hike many times and it is by far my favorite hike in the Bay Area. It is a challenge and quite terrifying if you are scared of heights but definitely worth doing. There is a rope to hold on to for the steep inclinations if you need. The view is breathtaking especially if you hike at sunrise or sunset. At the summit you can see all of Silicon Valley. My personal favorite is hiking el toro in the rain. It's so muddy but such a great experience.

7 months ago

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.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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!

Monday, February 29, 2016

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

Monday, February 22, 2016

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

Monday, February 09, 2015

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.

Friday, November 09, 2012