Kelly Lake Loop: Jim Donnelly and Grizzly Gulch Trails

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Kelly Lake Loop: Jim Donnelly and Grizzly Gulch Trails is a 14.7 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
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3585 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Great for 1 day backpacking!

backpacking
4 months ago

Nothing really too special but if you have no other choice in a backpacking trip i guess its okay......

hiking
7 months 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
9 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.

backpacking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Out and back. Really worth camping at the lake.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Backpacking at night

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.

hiking
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backpacking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013