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Abhijeet Vaidya
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HikingNo shade

Started on Hacienda trail and that has good tree cover. Went on Virl O. Norton trail and that does not have too much tree cover. It is about 3 miles long loop.

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Ashita Bhatt
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Hiking

it was beautiful. just a heads-up for those will not great stamina like myself. I usually do moderate hikes with 800ft. elevation, about 2.5 miles. I saw that this is more than that but I still wanted to try but soon regretted my decision. I felt it was hard specially on a hot day as this and when you have to wear your cap and mask and everything the body temperature felt unbearable to me. but that's just my stamina so I'm sure people used to such hike and in great health will find it moderate or easy even. the views were beautiful though. it's not fully shaded through and through. sporadic shading.

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See Tan
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Hiking

Just a handful of people did not respect soical distancing and did not wait for us to pass while we were going downslope.

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Laura Johnson
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Hiking

Great trail. Wide paths for adequate distancing.

Hai S.
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Hiking

The trail is very steep both upwards and downwards, which makes it really hard to enjoy it. Almost no leveled areas to enjoy or catch up your breath. There are some nice views from the top, but I would recommend considering other alternatives in the area. Pros include large parking area and clean restrooms.

Hector Nuno
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HikingRocky
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Katie Craig
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Hiking

Definitely challenging, lots of inclines and steep downhills. Fair amount of shade and a great view when you make it to the top!

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Kira White
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Hiking

Nice trails here with good views. It was steep going up and some rolling up and downs through out the hike. There are views of San Jose and beautiful forested areas too. Great day on the trail!

C Sierra
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views. Not overly challenging but I did break a sweat. Most of the trail is shady and the trails are wide until about the last mile. I went on a weekday morning and didn't see many other hikers until I got toward the end. I like that there's a big parking lot for easy access to the trails. I'll definitely explore more of the trails in this area. These days, I recommend bringing a face covering because in the last mile where the trail was crowded, pretty much nobody had a face covering and the trail is very narrow.

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Hannah Weisman
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HikingScramble

I started around 10:30am on a Sunday and the parking lot was full. It’s a big lot so wasn’t hard to find someone leaving and park. I couldn’t find the turnoff for Buena Vista trail and instead did an out and back on Hacienda, which is a steep climb. Mostly sunny though some shade spots along the way. The foot traffic was moderate to heavy. I probably won’t come back because this isn’t very close to me and I prefer more shady trails, but it was a good workout for today!

Mohammad Izadi
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Hiking

moderate for power wheelchair hiking. Some steep parts, but I made it with my power wheelchair. Great view and wide trail. #power_wheelchair_hiking

Prathamesh Karve
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HikingRocky

nice tail with a lot of shade

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Steve Hernandez
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Hiking

A good steep hike if you start clockwise. Then it get narrow I enjoyed the hike and the views were great. It is a great quick hard hike. My favorite part was the tunnel for sure you can take some really nice pictures there but I enjoyed the ambiance

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Charlene Chavez
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HikingRocky

Working on elevation gain and love this trail! Some shady parts, pretty rocky, well trafficed so you’re not always alone. Bikers ride through to so keep in the lookout going up and down.

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Cassie E.
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Hiking

Go clockwise if you are interested in a heart pumping up, otherwise, go counterclockwise. I was really impressed with the mountain bikers’ manners here! About 2/5 of them actually announced their presence when coming around sharp bends and not a single one screamed at us when almost hitting us! Great to see that there is at least one trail in the Bay Area where all of the cyclists aren’t total a**holes.

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Amy Kosten
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Hiking

Great Hike!!! Many parts of the hike are shaded, not overly crowded.

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Nicole Laprise
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Hiking

Small parking lot that doesn’t open until 7 AM. (There was a line of cars waiting for the lot to open when I arrived.) Porta potty at the trail head. Trail is a mix of shade and sun and took me about four hours to complete.

Megan Wheeler
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Hiking

Started to the left where it says Virl O Norton trail and it was gradually uphill on and off for about a mile and half. I’m glad we started that way because if we had started to the right on the Hacienda trail it would have been steep uphill for a mile. Nice loop, good views, shade on and off. Noticed a lot of flies. Completed the loop in a little over an hour.

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Myke Olson
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Mitchel Calderon
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Hiking

Loved it! Lots of shade and guess what?! Phone works!!!

David Lake
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Hiking

Nice wide trails and lots of shade along the way. If you go clockwise, that beginning hill is a beast but then it levels out and is much more manageable. Definitely swing out to Catherine’s Tunnel. There is a picnic table that over looks the valley! It’s about 1/2 along this trail.

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Refugio Gonzalez Ponce
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Hiking

Ran this trail. If you’re looking for an easier elevation change, go clockwise as you enter the mill area. Otherwise head straight and you can really feel the burn and you gain elevation fairly quickly. Good hike, decent amount of shade.

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Priyal Patel
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Hiking

Had a great hike! Started around 7:30AM- there were 0 spots left after we parked our car at the parking lot. Mostly shaded first 4 miles and then half shaded the rest of the way up. Starts getting steep after first 4 miles but definitely doable. Once we got to the top we decided to hike more and go along the Kennedy trail for an additional mile before heading back. Took a total of 4 hours and 50 minutes to do a 13.75 mile round trip. Highly recommended!

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Hemal Patel
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Hiking

Mostly shaded first 4 miles, afterwards mostly sunny for the rest of the way up. Would recommend starting early as it gets pretty warm and parking is limited. The lot fits about 12 cards with minimal street parking available. We got there at 725 and the lot filled up right after. Would recommend hike.

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Elaine H.
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Hiking

I followed the recommendations from the previous reviews. Started from the New Almaden trail and ended with Hacienda trail. Hacienda is truly very steep, glad I did not start from it. First half of New Almaden includes some hilly narrow rocky trail. After that, it’s fairly wide and flat. Overall shady route.

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Suruchi Singh
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Hiking

Evevation is 1050ft. It is advisable to start from New Almaden Trail and return via Hacienda. But if you want a good work-out vice versa is good! Trail is partially shaded, mostly wide trails, some very good views of the valley!

Elaine H.
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Hiking

Mostly shady, great for hot days. Awesome view!

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Angela Francisco
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HikingBugs

You’re able to see so much nature on this hike. Deer, butterflies, and lot of nice views. Pretty steep towards the end

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Mandy Smith
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Hiking

One of my new favorite trails, mostly shaded. Some poison oak but rangers were out cutting the brush back and making the trail wider. Some hills but mostly gradual except for the first part which is a little steep but not for long. Fairly easy and pretty quiet once you’re in the wooded part.

Ramin Ranjbar
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Hiking

So if you go to the left from the parking lot the hills are challenging but not that difficult if you go to the right it is going to be hell on your legs and quads

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