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

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

trail running
2 months ago

Pretty decent hike. Went at about 1pm on a 90 degree day. Brought 2L of water. The hike down wasn’t that bad at all.. considering it’s all downhill! On the way back I took the Springs trail back up. Wow! That was quite a hike up. Made me stop a few times. I can’t wait to go back after a nice rain when the river fills up! Would make the hike that much better.

By the way.. it’s 8$ to park!

3 months ago

Fun trail to hike on. Mostly narrow trails. Some fairly steep drop offs but not too difficult to deal with. Not too strenuous if hiking on the Soda Spring Trail out and returning on the China Hole Trail. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

Definitely not a good place for swimming at this time of the year though. The creek is al dried up. Some water left at China Hole but not much.

trail running
3 months ago

Probably my favorite trail in the South Bay. A true hidden gem. Lightly traveled (we've done the loop without seeing a sole), and the views are stunning. First mile+ is a bit of a climb but once on top you hike along a ridge line that provides views in multiple directions. No traffic noise, no people, you feel as if you're alone in the wilderness. Just awesome. Once you drop down into the canyon (end of mile 2) you're treated with a beautiful seasonal stream with large granite looking boulders akin to what you'd see in a low elevation sierra stream. Final mile is practically flat and really enjoyable. If not for the first mile of climbing this trail is EASY.

4 months ago

easy to moderate. Better in winter and spring when green vs brown. impossible to get lost loop.

Trail is in good condition. Watch for poison oak growing on the trail.

clockwise - nice incline right off the bat with great views of the surrounding hills. Ends with about 1.5 miles of flat. Nice in winter and spring, not sure if the summer would be so nice as the hills would be all brown by then. Partially shady

on Coyote Valley Trail

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great for kids.

6 months ago

Good trail for dogs. Beautiful views

We went on a day that was supposed to be super rainy - the rain started as we were walking up the Corral trail back to the cars so we just got cool weather and fresh trails! The big creek was pretty darn full - didn’t get all the way to China Hole. We got a little sun on the incline and even with all the rain the creek hopping was fine. If I were to do it again I would go back up the China Hole trail - I loved the views that way and the incline going up the other way was brutal - all uphill with no flat areas until you get back to the fork.

7 months ago

Great easy hike with 3 kids under 7 years old. Gorgeous views!

7 months ago

I highly recommend this hike after the rainy months during the year. The hills and trees are lush with vegetation and it is gorgeous! Very lightly trafficked compared to more popular hikes in the South Bay Area.

It was easy to find the parking lot (pretty direct route from 101 south) and there was a lot of parking spaces available for a Sunday afternoon. There is no fee to use the park/ parking lot.

I would recommend everyone to bring water since some portions of the trail are directly under the sun and it does get hot. Horse back riding, biking, trail running and hiking are some of the activities you can do at this location.

7 months ago

Pretty decent hike but would rate it as hard. It’s easy to moderate. Beautiful views of rolling hills and reservoir. Not much shaded. Good to be done in winters/spring.

Great quick hike with many hills and nice views!

Great trail. Wide path throughout, quiet, some amazing views and lots of sun. I would categorize on the low end of Hard.

Definitely did not live up to the "hard" rating

Couldn't exactly find China loop hole trail.

But the hike is easy, elevation isn't very high.

Not hard, considering that there's no major incline.

Flat, and circular. =Round About Trail.

4.6 miles up, 4.6 miles down!

Great trail for hike with my 10 and 12 year olds. Perfect length. Windy at the start and end.

11 months ago

Beautiful views of the lake and mountain. My heart was pumping on the section of the Los Cerritos before you turn onto the Pena trail. It was a nice afternoon stroll for a fall day.

Friday, September 08, 2017

saw 30 inch rattle snake

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

A hidden gem. This preserve is more or less just the one trail/loop. Live Oak trees, golden California hills. If you're familiar with the hills around here you'll know what to expect.

About four miles, perhaps two hours for a family to hike. A few well-made benches are placed along the trail at convenient points. A couple places with picnic tables even.

One such bench is located near the highest point of the trail — about half way around the trail. This is an ideal place to stop, sit down, and enjoy a real rest before your descent.

The only downside is the lack of cover. It is a mostly (90%?) exposed trail and can therefore be a bit brutal in the sun if you are not prepared/dressed for it.

trail running
Monday, April 24, 2017

A nice trail although I'd keep a careful eye out for rattlesnakes. Other than that an easy trail for someone who hikes regularly. Also, this is to be expected but when hiking along bodies of water but be wary of insects! There are a lot along the reservoir.

trail running
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fun Trail with great views.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful views, moderate hike, constantly jumping streams and small lake to take a dip in half way through

Monday, April 03, 2017

Lots of wildflowers on an early Spring hike! Several clean! bathrooms along the trail. My wife told
me to highlight that!
A ranger recommended to do the China Hole loop in reverse. Rather go down China Hole trail and come back up on Mile trail and Madrone Soda Spring trail. Seemed to be easier on our knees.
Also there were multiple (7+) stream crossings involved on the Madrone Soda Spring trail section.
We definitely got our feet soaked!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Loved this trail! Especially when you get further in and the trail gets more scenic and a little more woody--the first half is mostly just walking through grasslands. This trail can easily take all day, so get there early.

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