Looking for a great trail near Morgan Hill, California? AllTrails has 36 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 1.1 to 16.7 miles and from 298 to 3,195 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
muddy
over grown
1 day ago

The hard rating is no joke on this trail. Most of the trail is very steep downhill or uphill. No matter which way you go, there are both steep downhill and uphill. I do think that counterclockwise is better, but only by a little. Personally, I don't like the fact that a steep downhill is unavoidable. I took a shortcut using Jackass Trail, and it was beautiful but currently overgrown. I do not recommend hiking this trail in the rain like I did, even though it wasn't super muddy, there was enough mud to make it dangerous downhill.

hiking
bugs
6 days ago

Great hike. Maybe it was Mother’s Day, there were plenty of laughters and giggling from kids along the main creek. The main loop is an easy hike, lots of picture opportunities crisscrossing the creek right next to water. There are also the less travelled trails that can be rated as moderate as there were a few steep climbs - for those who want a slight challenge. As with any shaded wet natural areas, bring bug sprays - plenty of flying insects around.

Nice little uphill in the beginning but not too strenuous. Was hoping for more... Good conditioning hike with good canyon views.

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

Moderate is perfect description: not so flat you are board but not too steep you want to quit. Plenty of switchbacks, some welcome and some put there to torment you :) Lots of cows and great meadow views. Would definitely do again.

hiking
8 days ago

lots of waterfalls

Great hike for u and the dog!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail: good for cardio and nature viewing! Recommend!

Nice trail to waterhole. Beautiful expanses different kinds of terrain. Not really strenuous. Worth going left at the split at Manzanita Camp and coming back from right. The trail coming back along the creek requires 12 creek crossings but the water is low enough to use steppingstones. The crossings are great fun with out the need to change shoes. Lots of wildflowers along the route. Also lots of poison oak. Filtered shade. Would bring 2liters of water

hiking
15 days ago

What a gorgeous trail! We completed this hike yesterday May 5, there were a billion different flowers blooming, and most of the hike was fairly cool and breezy. We did it counterclockwise to minimize super-steep downhill sections, and we were very happy with the direction we chose. The final uphill was mostly shaded which was such a treat. Streams and springs are running, but zero issues rock hopping to cross. AllTrails clocked us at 15.7 miles, and it took us an even 7 hours from start to finish (including a 45 minute break to enjoy some summit margaritas).

hiking
15 days ago

We did a slightly longer version of this by staying on Hobbs Road a bit longer and taking Forest Trail back (which I recommend as it's nicely shaded and more of a trail than a road). Lots of steep downhill, so if your knees, glutes, and quads are not well strengthened, this might not be the trail for you. Good varied terrain between the creek crossings (make sure you have waterproof shoes), rock paths, tree shaded sections, and open high hills. More of a moderate trail, in my opinion. Henry Coe has lots of camping options, but something to note, a lot of the hikes are on dirt roads instead of trails. This means steeper grades than hiking trails and not as much of an escape from city life as some other trails in the area.

trail running
21 days ago

This is great for trail running. Free parking, good bathrooms, and a nice quiet trail. You have to cross a field before the bridge and it’s a bit overgrown so make sure you watch out for snakes. Half pavement, half gravel/dirt. Very nice experience overall.

Nice, easy hike. Remember to get your parking pass online. A car in front of us didn’t get theirs and was turned away. Shaded path. Overall nice hike during Easter 2019. Wasn’t too busy.

Muddy in some spots. Lots of flies. Bring lots of water because it can be very hot in certain spots where there’s no shade. Pretty wildflowers along the trail.

hiking
closed
27 days ago

We easily found the "trail head" (Uvas Dam marker) and walked across the dam, but there is no way to get across the spillway at the end of the dam. It is completely fenced and blocked. There was no access to the walk along the edge of the water as indicated on this trail map.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Went clockwise, took 5 hours to complete the loop. That incline is so steep it's demoralizing! The scenery is really nice and although the creek is a pain to cross, it's not too bad and adds to the experience. Some areas have a lot of loose rocks (ankle rollers). There were more backpackers I saw than day hikers so it must be a pretty good spot for that. 4/20/2019

It is a great steep hike. But please be aware that you need parking reservations to park at the trial head. There are private properties leading up to the trail camp ground and you cannot park there. Make your reservation ($6 parking) at http://gooutsideandplay.org/reservations/product.asp

Perfect, easy trail. Added a couple of short detours off and back. Just enough flowers still in bloom and beautiful vistas.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice moderate hike, can see the Lick observatory far away.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing trail! Definitely challenged myself backpacking to Mahoney Pond using the China Hole Trail on 4/6 and 4/7. The weather was perfect where it was sunny with a slight breeze. Had to cross the river after ~3 or so miles. A lot of uphill and downhill areas which are exposed to sun then covers into manzanita’s. The view at the top of each hill was amazing. The sight of green went on for miles. Coming back, we took advice from rangers/ volunteers and used the trail leading to The Narrows. Good thing too because the hills were so so steep. After about 3 miles from the pond we reached The Narrows. We would hike in and out of the river but it felt amazing to step into the stream while the sun was hitting us. The wildflowers on each hill were a bonus too. A lot of wildlife on this trail: deer, snakes, frogs, birds, and more. 10/10 would do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful mild/moderate spring hike with some shade along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are trading for firefighting, this one of only a few dozen that you should hike in the south Bay Area.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with a decent amount of elevation and some good views along the rim

hiking
1 month ago

lovely loop through open woodlands and on the open side of a hill. A wise variety of wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

I give it 4 stars because it's a really great workout. View is okay at the top at MT sizer. Blue Ridge has much better view. The SHORT-CUT was tiring but great work out for ur legs. We start clock wise, the last 4 miles is all uphill. Not a good idea if u are already tired. Lol I think counter clockwise would be a bit easier. My garmin watch says 16 Miles total with a gain elevation of 4,219. There is 2 creek crossing after 4 miles & before the last 4 miles to the COE headquarters. The water at the creek is above my knee. Make sure u bring plenty of water. I brought 3L of water it was just perfect. Weather was 69 degree. Also watch ur steps , I seen 3 little snake at the trail. Lot of wildflowers :) plenty of poison oaks too. Hike it yesterday. March 30,2019

This hike is not close to 10 miles but the waterfall loop is around 4-5 miles and it’s gorgeous!! Note YOU NEED A DAY PASS TO ENTER. You have to make a reservation online the night before or earlier for the weekend. Lots of shade and in March 2019 after all the rains, the waterfalls are rushing. Magical hike.

hiking
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

We did this hike as part of a larger backpacking trip in late March. The amount of water in the creeks and streams appears to be VERY dependent on the time of year according to some of the comments here. The Mile Trail involved probably 15 river crossings (hopping on slippery stones), while to get to the campsite at China hole required wading through ~3-feet deep water. We were not prepared for these crossings, so they were very time consuming and cold. FYI the "Narrows" trail is the river bed, which is totally impassable in March unless you have water shoes. The scenery was beautiful, though, especially China hole! About half the time is spent in direct sun, the other half in partly-shaded forest.

We did a portion of this loop as part of a longer backpacking trip, and felt strongly enough about it to write a review! Between mile markers 1.5 and 5.0 on this hike, the trail is extremely overgrown. We each picked off about 20 ticks in this section. In late March, the creek was running fairly high, and the trail involves an unnecessary amount of creek crossings, which really slowed us down. But we did see a tiny turtle in this section, which was really cool!

on Coyote Valley Trail

hiking
1 month ago

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