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Mt. El Sombroso via Woods Trail

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Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Mt. El Sombroso via Woods Trail is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near New Almaden, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,103 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This trail has lots of shade and it's very comfortable. Not crowded. Good view! Bring water during the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Small parking lot that doesn’t open until 7 AM. (There was a line of cars waiting for the lot to open when I arrived.) Porta potty at the trail head. Trail is a mix of shade and sun and took me about four hours to complete.

Had a great hike! Started around 7:30AM- there were 0 spots left after we parked our car at the parking lot. Mostly shaded first 4 miles and then half shaded the rest of the way up. Starts getting steep after first 4 miles but definitely doable. Once we got to the top we decided to hike more and go along the Kennedy trail for an additional mile before heading back. Took a total of 4 hours and 50 minutes to do a 13.75 mile round trip. Highly recommended!

Mostly shaded first 4 miles, afterwards mostly sunny for the rest of the way up. Would recommend starting early as it gets pretty warm and parking is limited. The lot fits about 12 cards with minimal street parking available. We got there at 725 and the lot filled up right after. Would recommend hike.

You’re able to see so much nature on this hike. Deer, butterflies, and lot of nice views. Pretty steep towards the end

hiking
11 months ago

Hiking in cool weather recommended

running
Sat Mar 23 2019

Nice mostly shaded trail, more exposed abt mile 4 mile 4 also starts a difficult ascent up to the peak of El Sombroso It’s a good workout! I’m working on running that plus Kennedy then looping back via Limekiln. The parking lot at Hicks Road is very small, I don’t know... get there early or get there late... I’ve finished up runs at 2:30pm and nobody was there anymore. There is another small lot abt a mile up the road at the Bald Peak trailhead.

hiking
Thu Feb 14 2019

This is a fire road that can get a little hot in the summer months, but I love it in the winter and spring. The views from the peak are not super incredible—in fact, El Sombroso is not much of a peak, especially compared to nearby Umunhum, but this is an enjoyable hike nonetheless. Dogs are technically not allowed in this side of the preserve, but i have brought mine and had no issues. I have done this hike in combination with Umunhum and Bald peaks— it was about 21.5 miles but not too rough, and I really enjoyed it.

Wed Feb 13 2019

Took about 2:20 hrs to plateau and see the valley below.somewhat difficult but well worth it.

hiking
Sat Aug 25 2018

Very nice hike. Not for the beginners. Mostly shaded. View from the peak is awesome. Gates are not opened till 7 AM in the morning, even in summer. Not of much place on the side of the road to park the car. So, going early may not be advised.

hiking
Mon Sep 25 2017

This trail opened to public on Sep 17 2017 after 1.5 years and $25 million dollar restoration effort. This is nice moderate 7.4 miles out and back trail. The best parking spot is Bald Mountain parking spot 1.6 miles up mt. Umunhum road and Hicks road intersection. There are about 10 spots + 4 on the sides. Gets filled up early so go there before 7:30 am to get a spot. The views are spectacular and once on the top, you will be rewarded with gentle breeze.

Sun Sep 24 2017

you will enjoy every minute

Mon Sep 18 2017

A great hike to finish this trails in the area for the Sierra Azul Ridge! Trails open to public officially 2017 September 18!

Mon Aug 21 2017

finally opens September 17th 2017. can't wait!

hiking
Sun Jun 04 2017

Most recently the Mt Umunhum road is closed. So you can't go further at the point when you must go on Barlow Road to return to Mt Umunhum road. Thus this trail is not a loop anymore. Anyway, the trail is perfect. It has a lot of shades and it's very comfortable. Not crowded. Good view!

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