Explore the most popular lake trails near Gilroy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great for 1 day backpacking!

hiking
2 months ago

Overgrown, free range cattle, beautiful views, poison oak, decent outing. May 27, 2018. Not hard at all, a casual hike.

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

Nice jaunt. A few spots were rather annoying with the elevation change but all in all a good hike. Also had a nice lunch under an old oak tree at the lake. Peaceful and no hum of cars.

One of my favorite local trails! Valley and Coyote Lake views as well as wildlife. Go in Spring when the weather is cooler since there are many unshaded parts of the trail and you can enjoy the beauty of the many wildflowers. Another name for this trail is Mummy Mountain.

5 months ago

I don't know why is it rated as hard, in fact this is easy nice walk crossing creeks many times, in the summer there is no water even.

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!

Nothing really too special but if you have no other choice in a backpacking trip i guess its okay......

Good trail. Lots of animals: turkeys, wild pigs, dears and cattle. We extended the hike by going down to the valley. This adds 2 miles. The view of the lake has nothing special. The lake was quite low.

Great hike. Long but not difficult. Beautiful views and the lake is a real reward after long hours under the sun. We took a dive. It was very cold but really refreshing.

The trail is well marked and once you get to the lake you feel very accomplished. Though, the rolling ridges, sun exposure in some spots, and heat made for a pretty tough hike in, we were still able to keep approx 20 min per mile pace.

Once at the lake you can fish, swim, and camp. Something to note, there is a little restroom shack and trash can not too far from Kelly Lake.

We are doing a 25 miler backpacking trip in Yosemite backcountry coming up so we did this trail to condition with our packs.

backpacking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

This trail will push one to their limit as portions are incredibly steep. The area is stunning with great vistas of ridges and valleys. The trails are not maintained so grasses, tar weed and other weeds will fill one's socks with stickers and tarry goo (summertime). Bobcats, deer, hawks and many other wildlife will be seen. Flat areas for tents are at a premium as this area is steep. Filtered water from the ponds and lakes tastes like rain water. Beautiful but exhausting.

Out and back. Really worth camping at the lake.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

We didn't go all the way to the end where it hits the junction cos we saw a coyote and didn't wanna risk an encounter . It was an easy trail . Very hot though cos there wasnt much tree cover . I liked walking across the many creeks but wished I had taken the option to go up Redfern Trail and looped back through Phegley Road back into Hunting Hollow for a better workout and a little more shade. I'll try that next time.

nice trail with wonderful views!

Backpacking at night

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this trail. Also ran Mummy Mountain Trail. Very awesome, however Lake was desolate?

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great scenery! Well marked trails and lots of options for easy to moderate and short to long hikes. I ended up on Coyote Ridge trail. I just pick trails at random to hike with a goal of 5 miles. Ended up with 6 miles in 2 hours. Lots of cows, hawks, squirrels and I even was able to walk up on a deer and get a few photos before he/she notices me and ran off.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

It was a nice trail with some occasional shady spots. We only walked a couple miles in and back out. There are several quail, frogs, and snakes you might come access on the trial.

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

We hiked the Coyote Ridge trail while Camping at Coyote Lake. The trail is nicely maintained, and has benches along the way. It trail itself isn't a loop, but you are able to hop onto many other trails to get back. The trail itself doesn't have a lot of trees. We went during a heat wave - I would not recommend. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The views are awesome!

camping
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

We camped at Coyote Lake and had a great time! The tent and RV sites are not too overly crowded. Restrooms and showers are nice as well.

There are plenty of activities to do: Hiking, boating and fishing. The lake was low when we went which limit the boat activities. Talked to a few people fishing and they mentioned they weren't catching any. We decided to do a lot of hiking! There are dozens of trails there. Be aware - most trails do not have a lot of trees - and it is in Gilroy - so it is HOT! Bring plenty of water. The trails were nicely maintained. There is also benches and tables along most routes.

Had a great time! Hope to come back when it is a little cooler.

hiking
Monday, November 24, 2014

Hiked this with my hiking group. Hiking after the rain had stopped. it was muddy but still nice for a hike. this was an easy trail with an option to gain higher elevation if extended to steer ridge loop. but since the trail was muddy and wet, i didnt go just for safety reasons. however, along this hike, we saw beautiful fall colors in the tree and salamanders. I would do this hike again.

hiking
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nice stroll on a service road. Should have read the maps better to make it a loop on some trails. Great view of the valley and Coyote Lake. We walk about 2.5 in and then turned around . Free parking at the trail head. Also would be nice on a mountain bike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The toughest backpacking trip of my life! 95 degrees and no shelter along the way. Parked at the Ranger station up on Dunne Ave in Morgan Hill. Blazing hot and carry a gallon of water! Very strenuous uphill hike but what else would you expect coming out of an area called 'hell hole!?!" Able to reload water in some areas in the first few miles (before you need it!) but don't count on it. In the July I went, most areas were well dried up or so small, muddy and green you wouldn't want to. After about 12 miles one-way to Coit Lake you reach a great little bass oasis. A 'bass per cast' is no kidding with my little Rapala floater. Too tired to enjoy more than the 15 minutes and 4 nice fish I caught and released, I ate a quick dinner and slept great except for the huge army ants eating my flesh. So hot and a forecast for higher temps, I decided to leave the next morning after breakfast. A route through the "Narrows" sounded good except there was even less water where I thought there would be more along the "river." Totally dry. About 4hrs into the 100+ degree hike, I found myself out of water and standing over a 10' wide green puddle full of minnows and algae. I pumped a couple bottles full, treated with extra extra iodine and soaked a mint teabag to hide the funky flavor. I soaked my feet in the water and the minnows were trying to eat my toes! Creepy feeling but I was ready to hit the trail and make it back to the car. Several incredibly hot and steep miles and at about the time the body was ready to give up, I stumbled to the car and actually lived to tell the story. I dream of the fishing but need an easier way to get there!

There are a number of ways to get from the two most appropriate trailheads (Hunting Hollow and Coyote Creek) to Kelly Lake. The paths with the easiest grades are the fireroads and are favored by the cyclists, but there are plenty of other trails. My group went over Willson Peak on the way there, and came back along Grizzly Gulch. The trails tend to be quite steep, but the views are lovely. Kelly Lake itself is pretty enough. Certainly we weren't bothered by bugs, though the frogs sang pretty much all night.

Nice short hike with great views of the lake. You can make it 4 miles by starting on the Mendoza trail, taking a right onto the Mummy Mountain trail and then looping back to the parking lot via the coyote ridge trail.

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