Quail Hollow Sunset Trail

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Quail Hollow Ranch

Quail Hollow Sunset Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ben Lomond, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

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bird watching

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no dogs

Hike the Quail Hollow Sunset Trail and experience views of Zayante Valley, local quarries, dwarf redwoods, Quail Hollow Ranch. Dwarf redwood trees, manzanita, redwood, chaparral,lizards, wildflowers, valley views and occasional ocean views all in an hour and 45 minutes. Small amounts of poison oak off-trail. Temps can reach 100 degrees F in summer. Visit the park office and pick up a free trail map.

recorded Sunset Trail to Vista Point

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17 days ago

Pretty sandy at the beginning but nice views and shaded at the top, horse droppings

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2 months ago

Great trail! Sunset trail now dead ends at an overlook and you have to take wood rat trail to make a full loop.

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4 months ago

Great hike to watch the sunrise!

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5 months ago

Moderate hike. 2.5 miles and 500' elevation if you leave out the out and back spur at the top of Sunset and you take the Lower Chaparral. 3.0 miles and 600' elevation if you take the spur and you use the Italian instead of the Chaparral. The "Sunset trail extension" on the map is actually named Woodrat. Lots of viewpoints and 80% in the shade.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Nice walk, great views of the area. It’s 2.5miles of very nice paths, clear signs, with a few benches and tables positioned perfectly! This is a great place for a quick walk that takes you to good views and easy trek.

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Sun May 12 2019

The classic Quail Hollow hike. The best wildflowers and views in the park. Have a picnic along the Sunset trail, or under the oak tree at the picnic tables at the trailhead. This is a no-fee park and there are real bathrooms in the visitor center, which is normally open Weds - Sunday.

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Sun Apr 28 2019

nice variety, good views. it was about 70 degrees and beautiful, not too hot but about 30% shade. started off sandy, then piney, then ridgey. horse poop on the 1st half. but very enjoyable, not too challenging. good short hike. nice park office in an old building.

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Wed Feb 27 2019

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Mon Feb 18 2019

Wed Jan 03 2018

Bigfoot is a real dude, we had a great time kickin it.

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Mon Nov 14 2016

This place DOES NOT allow dogs on any trails, despite the description on the AllTrails website. We weren't able to explore the trails because we had our dog with us, but it seems like a great place for nature lovers. The lady in the park office was kind enough to direct us to Henry Cowell State Park nearby, which has some nice trails for dogs.

Sun Sep 04 2016

Easy and fun

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Tue May 31 2016

I like this trail a lot! It's close to my house, which makes it convenient. The only thing I really don't like about it, is the sand. It's kind of obnoxious and sometimes there is sand covering horse poop and you'll accidentally step in it. I guess it could be worse. It's a beautiful hike, though!

Sat Aug 08 2015

It's a great little hike. I wouldn't do it on a really hot day. There's a nice balance of shade and sun, good views of the valley. I took the Wood Rat Trail instead of the Sunset all the way. It's a good way to avoid Horse Pies, since it's strictly a footpath. Hardly anybody there-seems like a well-kept secret.

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Mon Nov 12 2012

A beautiful and quiet hike. My wife and I are avid hikers from the North East and have relocated to Santa Cruz. We are delighted this hike is a short drive and will be a perfect trek to bring friends and visitors. The local Eagle Scout troop has built a few benches which are great, and there are even some picnic tables near the top. I believe kids would be able to complete and enjoy this hike, most of the trail is soft under foot as it is sandy. The trail is shared by horse riders, so watch where you step. Recommended!'

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