Wildcat Canyon Loop

MODERATE 97 reviews

Wildcat Canyon Loop is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cupertino, 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
862 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Escape the crowds and take in the sights on this loop at the popular park west of Cupertino. Upper Wildcat Canyon is one of the prettiest sections of the park. The trail also climbs to impressive vistas looking out over the South Bay from the Rogue Valley sections of the loop. This route at Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Reserve ventures beyond the popular sections of the park to offer a diverse introduction to the terrain on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rancho, as the locals call it, draws big crowds with its abundance of flat trails and attractions at Deer Park Farm, but few visitors venture deeper into the wilds of this park seen on this loop hike. Best times to go: Spring wildflowers and winter vistas are the most inviting; autumn will have a touch of fall color; summer will be hot in the exposed areas, but fairly cool in the covered canyons.

hiking
13 days ago

70% shaded trail. Easy and well maintained. Gradual ascent and descent throughout.

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike. better to do early on hot day.

hiking
2 months ago

Completed within 3 hours. Many zigzags and wildflowers! An enjoyable and energizing trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with a good amount of shade. Lots of up and down slopes which provides a substantial work out. Relatively popular but not overly crowded. Parking is a challenge so do beware.

trail running
2 months ago

I run a shorter loop of this trail. It’s 5 miles and I love the way it flows. The view from the top is incredible.

7 months ago

Perfect for 2 hr hike

trail running
8 months ago

Starting from the main parking lot it’s a fun 7.1 mile run. It begins with a mile of flat for warmup and then progress into a 2 1/2 mile climb to the top. Once at the top you have 3 miles of Technicial down hill through a mostly shade trail to deer hollow. And them finishing in the parking lot.

hiking
10 months ago

Solid hike - maybe 3.5 stars. Easy to find however really surprised how busy the hike was at 7am on a Sunday. Two different parking lots and still hard to find a spot. If you like to be alone in nature - skip this one. Elevation not hard - except between mile 3 and 4 but not steep just constant. Views on the first half of the hike are OK. Back end of the hike is much pretty. Ton of wild life and none of it runs away, hence all the people

hiking
11 months ago

I loved this hike. Good mix of uphill/downhill with beautiful views and overall great workout.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Great hike, good workout. Uniform ascent/descent. No restrooms on the way. Well shaded. I hiked up and jogged down.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A nice trail to spend a weekend morning...the path is pretty filled with greenery and small streams. loved it.

nature trips
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

great trail for folks planning to move from easy to moderate difficulty trails

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Nice moderate trails. Very green when the moisture is high.Good place for a mixture of paved and dirt paths.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This is a pretty easy trail to walk and doesn't take too long. Its a good basic walk for those that don't want a challenging hike. However, the hike is pretty well occupied with people and parking can be a challenge if you don't start early enough, despite "ample" parking available in the area.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Nice work out, and close to Sunnyvale so you can even cycle there, lock your bike at the Deer Hollow Farm, and then hike from there upwards.

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