Figueroa and Cottle Loop Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length9.9 miElevation gain1,650 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashFishingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsBird watchingRunningLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A loop hike that explores the wonders of Calero Reservoir County Park. This hike offers views of the reservoirs as well as some vertical elevation gain to great overlooks of the surrounding park.

Park at the Main Entrance off of McKean Rd.

Park contact: (408) 268-3883

Chisnatuk Peak Trail is one of the best wildflower-spotting sites in the park from March through May. The park is usually too hot to hike in during the summer.

From Highway 101, take the Bailey Road exit and head west 2.7 miles to McKean Road. Turn left and follow the signs to the trail head.

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Youngsin Lee
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Counted about 100 bikes passing by us. Otherwise so happy to see all the native wild flowers blooming.

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Easswar Balasubramaniam
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It was a good trail. But way too many bikers which got pretty annoying especially on the narrower sections. A big chunk of the trail wasn't shaded so bring enough water on a sunny day. The views at the top and of the reservoir in between were really good though.

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Mario Farias
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jeff pilar
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awesome trail, it has varied steepness throughout the beginning and the middle.

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Kangta Peng
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Very nice worked out trails here . Good challenge.

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Mariana Sharp
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beautiful hike. a couple wildflowers! a lot of mountain bikers coming fast. I went clockwise this time, did it before the other way around. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. the trail is pretty muddy in some places. views up at the top are gorgeous.

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Shari Schwarzwald
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Chris py
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RunningGreat!

This trail had it all! Nice inclines, Great Views, Next to water, and has some parts that are shaded. Watch out for mountain bikers near the Bald Peak and Chisnantuk sections of the trail as some parts are kind of narrow and pick up speed fast. This portion was the best part to run because it's shaded and flat and slightly down hill (woot woot). I loved the diversity of this hike and will be doing it again soon.

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Elena Lopez
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Varied terrain. Beautiful views. Few hikers but many bikers on weekend.

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Darrin Tinsley
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Followed the previous reviews and went clockwise. The trail has large sections of mud walking stick highly recommended. More hawks than people very nice trail through oak woodland. Porta potties, picnic tables and BBQ's at trailhead. lots of parking

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Jill Zeng
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Theo Ugo
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, lightly trafficked. Pay attention to bikers while hiking!!! Especially the bald trail segment can be challenging; this trail has some narrow sections and bikers may gain speed in the descent. So make sure to find always a safe spot on the sides to let them go. We did the trail clockwise. The ascent is steep and the first hour maybe the most difficult part of the trail. In my opinion, it’s more manageable to start with a steep ascent than finish with a steep descent.

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Dexter D'Sa
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bernd graf
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Dexter D'Sa
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John Lee
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Mariana Sharp
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went clockwise. the climb up was hard but not that long. most part of the walk was relatively easy. a lot of bikers for a Wednesday afternoon. wildlife (deer, wild turkeys). the views are very pretty. it can be quite hot in the unshaded parts.

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Anika Yalavarthi
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HikingNo shade

Really peaceful over there, but also very strenuous. Had a lot of bugs so watch out! A good hike if you are exercising or losing weight!

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Dexter D'Sa
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A serious hike indeed! this is a great hike for those looking for a challenge. definitely do it clockwise. mix of shade and sun. best do do early in the day bc the sun parts can get very hot. lots of elevation change and I took the longer Serpentine loop path that adds 0.4 mi and some additional elevation change. watch of for bikers on the chisnantuk trail portion they can come pretty fast. but that trail is awesome to walk fast through with lots of turns and a narrow path. the extra loop path made the total hike 10.5mi. lots of bugs after the first big climb but they disappeared after about 0.5 a mile. Definitely recommend this hike if you're looking for a challenge.

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Kayla Tran
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Go clockwise. This trail is like high intensity interval training, you ascend challenging hills then rest on flat road only to ascend another steep hill. This lasts to the very end of the trail. I loved the incline, it's not entirely hard but have hard portions. There is loose gravel and pebbles on the in/decline so watch your step. The trail has patches of shade almost as equal to open meadows. The rolling hills views are spectacular. There are about 5 benches scattered along the trail and the bench at the pond and following bench after that have the best views starting at the beginning (counterclockwise) or end (clockwise) of the trail. Also, don't forget the bug spray! If you want to tone those glutes, this trail is for you!

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S S
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Great hike., ample parking. Very well marked trails. Partial shade, get lots of water. Personal request: Please do not litter on trails.

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Steve Hernandez
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This is a great trail for people who want a challenge. If you are doing this hike I would recommend going early since it gets hotter later in the day and there are long spots with no shade. Also this takes you on small pathways so be careful with bikers. They come fast and the road gets small. Overall you get amazing views that you can see some that I posted on here. Please bring enough water and some snacks I used a camel pack with 2L water and one protein cookie and it lasted me. Would still bring more than that because it will vary depending on your fitness level and how hot it is.

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Amie Zheng
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Not much shades, need to walk pretty far to have some views. Overall it’s okay to walk.

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Joshua Phillips
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Really open, fresh, relaxing course. I walked it, but I would love to bring my Mtn Bike back sometime.

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Ameya Raul
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Maheen Shaf
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Hike this clockwise (so, go left at the first junction) for an amazing uphill climb at the start and a beautiful, meandering hike to follow (with some small inclines to spike that heart rate). All of my path tips are for those going clockwise. Estimated 70/30 shade/sun ratio. Use that sunblock for the beginning and end. You'll go about 1.5 miles each time in full sun, no shade. The views! I loved every step on Figueroa through to Chisnunak. The wind was pretty fierce at the top, which was a nice way to cool off after the climb. Again at the end, in full sun, more wind - but this time with lots of dirt in the air At the junction where Oak Cove meets Serpentine loop, do not continue on Oak Cove (gravel road). Instead, go right and climb up Serpentine Loop. (This portion of the Oak Cove trail doesn't even appear on the map.) It was absolutely worth the climb. Watch out for Poison Oak on all the north side trails. I saw so many beautiful, grassy knolls that made me want to roll in them! Resist the urge, unless you are wearing protective clothing. Thistles abound! (I didn't because I wasn't.) There are many benches and even a few picnic tables along the way (mostly on the decline portions), perfect for a rest and a snack. Be aware that many of the inclines and declines involve gravel or loose pebbles. I trek with poles and still slipped a few times. Right now, everything is so green! I'm excited to come back to this park and hike more trails, lengthening my trek. I'm stoked that Rancho del Oro Open Space is still open, so I can expand my hike into that space, with the limitation that some trails are now one-way, during the COVID-19 pandemic. And of course, this is Mountain lion country so educate yourself on how to manage an encounter, which is unlikely but could happen.

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Amit Kamath
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So read all the reviews and decided to try it out today. Fantastic view at the peak point. Once you reach the peak you would find a Bench where you can sit and just enjoy. (Clockwise trek Bench would be on the right side) Now coming to hike yes 100% recommended to hike clockwise. Would be tricky to do it anti-clock wise. Network wise since I am using T-mobile so 75% of the places network is available. Bike riders will definitely increase your trek completion time. Every 20 seconds we had to wait to let a bike rider pass by. Lastly carry plenty of water. Some points shades are completely missing and if you start late the sunshine would suck up your energy.

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Dr Corgwyn
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I started left for the clockwise route. Hard, honest climb after the first mile, but the reward of the views at the top made it worth it. I was expecting to give a 5 star review, but the Cottle section of the trail was a big downgrade. Not that the trail wasn’t fine (it was) but having to deal with group after group of mountain bikers bombing down the narrow trail was unpleasant. Recommend this loop only during non-busy times. I’ll be looking for alternatives avoiding Cottle for next time.

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