Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,607 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

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wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a strenuous hike that promises great views of the rugged backcountry. Steep trails lead to excellent vistas at Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, which covers a swath of the rugged foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The high ridges look out over much of Silicon Valley; on clear days you can see the white domes of the telescopes atop Mount Hamilton. It's difficult to imagine such rough country so close to civilization till you actually get out there. Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve borders nearby Calero County Park, opening broad opportunities for all-day hikes. This hike is more of a half-day outing covering the main trails at Rancho Canada del Oro. It has two significant climbs on the first half of the loop and is all downhill on the second half. You'll get a good workout. Spring wildflower season is the best time to visit when the hills are still vivid green. Winter hikes after a storm system washes away the smog can be spectacular (though potentially muddy). Autumn will be dry but temperate. summer will be too hot, typically.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with combination steep then less steep type terrain and lots of trees. I have been there just three times in the spring and each time saw many species of wild flowers. Saw a small Ringed Neck Snake and and a Rattlesnake that was about 26” long. It gets natural cooling along the short creek section and has more shaded areas than most trails in south county.

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate hike, gain ~1600 feet elevation, 8.2 Miles, many beautiful wild flowers along the way up to Bald Peak. Breathtaking views when you are at top. Bring at least 2 litters of water and lunch/snacks. Nice, clean trail with some shades.

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