Kelly Lake Loop Trail

HARD 13 reviews
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Kelly Lake Loop Trail is a 15 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gilroy, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
15.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3526 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Long but not difficult. Beautiful views and the lake is a real reward after long hours under the sun. We took a dive. It was very cold but really refreshing.

backpacking
3 months ago

The trail is well marked and once you get to the lake you feel very accomplished. Though, the rolling ridges, sun exposure in some spots, and heat made for a pretty tough hike in, we were still able to keep approx 20 min per mile pace.

Once at the lake you can fish, swim, and camp. Something to note, there is a little restroom shack and trash can not too far from Kelly Lake.

We are doing a 25 miler backpacking trip in Yosemite backcountry coming up so we did this trail to condition with our packs.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Out and back. Really worth camping at the lake.

backpacking
6 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Friday, November 25, 2016

Backpacking at night

Friday, December 11, 2015

hiking
Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

There are a number of ways to get from the two most appropriate trailheads (Hunting Hollow and Coyote Creek) to Kelly Lake. The paths with the easiest grades are the fireroads and are favored by the cyclists, but there are plenty of other trails. My group went over Willson Peak on the way there, and came back along Grizzly Gulch. The trails tend to be quite steep, but the views are lovely. Kelly Lake itself is pretty enough. Certainly we weren't bothered by bugs, though the frogs sang pretty much all night.