14.8 miles
4229 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

18 days ago

TRAIL: It is mostly open with no shade areas. You will be under the sun 95% of the time. Bring plenty of water. On sunny days, it would get brutal. I personally experienced a couple of people asking for water on the highest point of the trail (half way). The terrain is well maintained (packed dirt-or-gravel terrain), you probably won't need trail shoes. I saw many people wearing sneakers in this trail. The top of the Mission peak is rocky (loose big rocks) and it was the only section where i felt that a good pair of shoes were necessary. Most of the trail is wide to allow for vehicles, but I only saw the Ranger's Truck going around.

NATURE: There is not much nature, the whole zone is mostly grass fields to feed cattle which makes it a bit boring in my opinion. There were plenty of cattle in the zone, many of which had no problem sitting in the middle of the trail. We had to go around of some cows that were sitting on the trail.

TRAFFIC: The traffic is very high. If you go to this trail to escape from people, this is not a trail for you. The only parts of the trail where we were relative alone were a small section of the loop of the middle of the trail, and the section between mission peak and monument peak. A lot of people (~50 people) at the top of mission peak. Bikers also use parts of this trail.

DIFFICULTY: if you do the ~1500 meters elevation in the 21 km, it would get hard. I consider myself in a good shape and the trail was a fair work out. If you are looking for a good trail to go running, this could be an acceptable place to train. If you go for a hike, it would take 5-6 hours of good training-like hike. I saw many people with big backpacks using this trail as training camp.

VIEWS: because of the lack of trees and the altitude, you will have beautiful views of San Jose and the bay for 50% of the trail. I took nice pics.

DOGS: too exposed and warm to dogs, they will get overheated (does not apply for cold days). The cattle can be also a problem if your dog is not used to it.

FINAL VERDICT: I won't come any time soon. The lack of nature, the high traffic and the kind of trail (vehicle-type trail) does not make up for the nice views. It does not feel like a trail, it feels more like a touristic point.