Pacheco Falls Loop via Coyote Creek/Hunting Hollow

HARD 4 reviews
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Pacheco Falls Loop via Coyote Creek/Hunting Hollow is a 22.1 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
22.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,019 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Park at Hunting Hollow parking lot, walk 2 mi on Gilroy Hot Springs Road to the Coyote Creek trail head- there is no parking at Coyote Creek. When you are through with the loop it will dump you out straight back at your car in Hunting Hollow.

4 months ago

Hard but rewarding loop with many moments of silence and serenity; we saw only a handful of people the entire time.

backpacking
6 months ago

This hike had a great deal of elevation changes in short distances. You will want to be conditioned before attempting it! Traveling Serpentine was a huge climb for sore legs on day 2 of our trip, Middle Steer Trail was a straight descent down from Steer Ridge, if you are sore or would like to ease your trip, I suggest taking Steer Ridge to Jim Donnelly- which was just recently re-carved and has enough switchbacks to lighten the descent on your legs. Overall this was a great trip and Pacheco Falls were 10/10 worth the trek!