Looking for a great trail near Morgan Hill, California? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Calero County Park or Anderson Lake County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in Morgan Hill ranging from 2.6 to 23.6 miles and from 298 to 2,998 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This is a great easy trail to do with kids.

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Beautiful! Great place to hike . I went today 2-11-19 So many different trails to waterfalls .. you don’t need to reservation

hiking
12 days ago

Recommended for family's with kids. If you go in the winter months, part of the trail is a bit muddy. Super fun with gorgeous views.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! With the hills surrounding Coyote Peak obscurring the view of the city, I truly felt that refreshing sense of isolation that you get when you take the time to drive hours away from civilization to go on a hike; except it took 20 minutes to get there! No urban sprawl to be heard, just the sounds of nature. Parking is free, and you don't have to worry about bikers sneaking up on ya!

hiking
26 days ago

This is a great trail! Sun and tons of shade. It is easy but also has a lot of rolling hills and switchbacks. We added the Lion Spring which made it a bit longer. The views are amazing.

hiking
muddy
off trail
27 days ago

Tough hike, but not as hard as i thought it would be. Great scenic views. Because it was too short so I took another loop to extend my hike.

on Mount Sizer Loop

trail running
bridge out
1 month ago

There is no bridge when crossing Little Coyote Creek twice. Water goes up to knee length. Expect to be wet if going during rainy season.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail in January when it was wet and muddy. The view is ok but not that gorgeous. The hard part of the trail is after the first half, if you start from the right. Other than that it’s a moderate short hike.

We have been here before. We thought this trail would be a good one to walk on a day in between rains because the path is in asphalt. Clean and easy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail to take the dogs. Right now is a great time to see the full river and many waterfalls. Trail is rocky, muddy and mostly uphill, but manageable for the short distance. Wear good hiking boots! Be prepared to cross through some water and rocks to get across the river. I definitely recommend this hike for the winter and spring time.

Gorgeous loop! It seemed to track more like 4 miles, took us 2 hours with two kids + dog.

backpacking
1 month ago

I split the hike in 3 days. First day I hiked from HQ to Los Cruzeros camp by Poverty way and spent the night. I used Poverty way because Narrows had one meter of water to cross after the rain. Plenty of good flowing water at Cruzeros. In the morning my tent was covered with frost. I packed my tent and went up on Willow Ridge trail. where I dried up the tent on the open sunny patch. I was at Mississippi lake campground at 4pm. On my way to Mississippi lake I stopped many times to take photos and enjoy the open space view. Lake is beautiful. Water is plenty but needs treatment or boil before you drink it. Next day I took Heritage trail, Pacheco creek trail with lots of good water, Rat trail back to Willow Ridge trail and spent a night at Los Cruzeros camp. In the morning I took Narrows trail back to China H. and back to H.Q. In all it was a beautiful hike.

My dog and I have walked this trail a couple of times. Part of it is very scenic with nature but parts are near the Interstate and some industries. It’s a nice get away for sunshine and nature. It’s an easy walk with paved trail and moderate people traffic.

One of my favorites with good hills, but be sure to bring your water with you. Various parts of the trail offer no shade

Nice trail with hills and enough shade

Nice trail, fairly easy with a few hills but not bad at all. Most of the trails are wide with dusty dirt (watch out for horse poop!). Vallecito is more narrow and grassy. I was worried about rattlesnakes but didn’t see anything besides some birds and a few lizards. Nice way to get outside for an hour or so. Only saw 1 other person, peaceful trail loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice loop see all kinds of wildlife bobcats mountain lions snakes. It’s shaded so nice in summer not too crowded yet.

hiking
4 months ago

The views are okay and the incline, with hardly any shade, definitely deserves the hard rating. But I saw a lot of wildlife and the sunset was great.

hiking
4 months ago

Scenery: 3.5
Views: 4
Difficulty: 5
Crowds: 2
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
5 months ago

A full moon hike and an epic golden hour, beautiful to every extent possible. Started 4 pm from the parking lot and loop took close to 9 hrs with an hr break to catch the sunset and moonrise. Definitely must do in every season!!

Good trail. Up and down hills.

backpacking
5 months ago

This hike was tough. It pretty much kicked my ass. I went in very confident. Just over 12 miles? I sometimes trail run that before breakfast, and my gear is ultralight. Piece of cake. Boy was I wrong.

I got to the park at 3pm on Friday. I was the only one there. The ranger told me I'd be night hiking and I didn't believe him.

The first 5 or so miles past China Hole and through The Narrows went great. It was around 90º but I was down in the valley and there were at least a few puddles to get water. Once you get to Willow Ridge Trail though that all ends. The last 5.6 miles is steep, exposed, ridge, and no more water until you get to the lake. It felt like walking up and down all of the hills in San Francisco in succession, if SF were a desert.

I got to the lake after 9 and I was exhausted. It was a little scary to night hike by myself in what felt like deep in the backcountry. I was seeing glowing eyes off to the sides of the trail and kept getting paranoid about mountain lions. But, I did not see any mountain lions. I did see a few tarantulas in the middle of the trail. Nearly stepped on one, but thankfully did not (it probably more thankful than me even).

Then since I rolled in after dark and I wasn't familiar with where the campsites are around the lake, it was really challenging to find where to sleep. I ended up cowboy camping on the flattest square of dirt I could find.

Waking up to the sunrise over the lake made it worth it though, mostly. This was a good learning experience for a relative backpacking noob.

hiking
5 months ago

Went in summer so it was 90° hot and the waterfalls were quite lacking in water.

Was there early September 2018 and there was no waterfall at the triple fall. It was all dried up. Overall, the hike was fairly easy.

Single track trail with some good climbs- pretty overgrown, lots of poison oak and swarms of yellow jackets. That being said, I still rate it 4 stars since it was my fault for going during this time of the year- spring and fall are the ticket with this baby. We accidentally took a wrong turn and finished by climbing up and over Hobbs Road and down Monument, which definitely upgraded this hike to “difficult”, at least for me.

A little work to get to the top but the view is outstanding!

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