Javelina Loop Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Javelina Loop Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1614 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Get a good workout while nature watching in this hike on the southern rim of Silicon Valley Two small ponds and one large reservoir make this an intriguing route at Calero County Park south of San Jose, California. The Javelina Loop passes Calero's bat enclosure and pauses next to a pond at Fish Camp, where a deck looks out over a serene pond frequented by redwing blackbirds and other avians. Los Cerritos Pond near the trailhead is another welcome rest stop. You can slice two miles off this hike by skipping the loop along Los Cerritos Trail, which tracks the shores of Calero Reservoir before climbing up the hillside into the backcountry of the park. Calero has a big corral near the entrance to let you know you'll be sharing the trails with equestrians and their steeds, but the trails are plenty wide enough for hikers and horse people alike. Best times to go: springtime when the wildflowers are out, and clear winter days when the trails are just firm enough for hiking but too soft for the horses (rain typically closes the park to equestrians in winter).

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hiking
5 months ago

What a GORGEOUS hike! So much wildlife this morning near the pond (which I guess is the watering hole). Lots of bullfrogs at a different pond along this trail about 1.5 miles in as well. The flowers were blooming, the grass was tall and green, and there were lots of bugs, but no biting bugs. The dark oak trees contrast beautifully against the light green wavy grass. There's lots of shade and sun and is in perfect condition to hike right now before it gets too hot. We did all 7 miles (both loops) and were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful views and wildlife we saw. Bring lots of water, definitely wear sunscreen, and maybe wear a hat in the next couple months. There is a bit of steep incline between the loops, but it doesn't last for a long time.

Keep the trail clean and enjoy!

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

We did the shorter hike. Nice incline and decent view. Not a lot of shade but definitely a lot snakes...rattlesnakes!!!

10 months ago