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NIce views towards the top. Steep enough to make you feel like you hiked. Don't like all the people or cars at the parking area. Just a bit too busy for me.

I was a little underwhelmed by this trail. It’s really long and flat. The scenery is fairly consistent. I dunno, just felt a bit boring.

hiking
13 days ago

HACIENDA TRAIL is great- Just difficult enough but mainly a good hike! Combination of sunny and shade! Did get warned about a rattle snake sighting but just keep eyes and ears open.

hiking
13 days ago

Lots of pretty wild flowers right now. Hiking is along a dirt road. Lots of branching paths make choosing different lengths easy.

Good for hiking

Semi challenging hike with some hills, but nothing too intense. Mostly shaded and dog friendly. Will have to park in the residential area, however parking was not too hard to find. Trail signs could have been a little better, but if you follow the crowd you should be good.

The lower parking lot was full, so I opted to drive back down to the neighborhood below. There is an upper parking lot that could work fine for a shorter hike.

The first half of the hike was a bit busy. It winds through little parks where people were having BBQ’s. I’ll probably come back and take advantage of that space, but it’s not like a quiet nature hike.

The second half along the upper rim trail was lovely. Not many people, and it hooked up along a ridge so you got some lovely views, including a view of the San Jose Valley.

I went in May and everything was blooming and beautiful.

Some of the signage could have been more clear. Ended up going a longer route and back tracking once or twice.

Great trail with combination steep then less steep type terrain and lots of trees. I have been there just three times in the spring and each time saw many species of wild flowers. Saw a small Ringed Neck Snake and and a Rattlesnake that was about 26” long. It gets natural cooling along the short creek section and has more shaded areas than most trails in south county.

The trail map is wrong

Couldn't find the trail head. According to the map, it's on the same road that leads to a garbage dump. Really?!

fantastic!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Start from the Bay, and go South.
8 mile loop, very nice.
Pretty smooth except for crossing under the busy roads.

Take the Penitencia Trail first and hook up to this trail up to Eagle Rock. There are beautiful meadows of mustard flowers carpeting the hills in Spring.

This is a stroller friendly stroll alongside a pretty shaded creek.

For being so close to town, this is a great day hike area. I adored the scene of California poppies sprinkled throughout the rock outcroppings that were painted orange with lichen. There is a nice view of San Jose atop the ridge line. The ridge gets windy, bring a shell or light jacket.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hiking trail with elevation ~ 1,860 feet, one will gain 2,436 feet after complete this hike, 9.35 Miles. Commanding views from Bald Peak top with lot of wild flowers along the trail, and not a busy trail.

1 month ago

Nice hike spot with ample parking.

The Rancho San Vicente area of Calero County Park in San Jose, CA officially opened its trails to the public this week after 5 years of planning and trail building. Spring is the prime time to hike here, as the wildflowers are spectacular. And there are always great views of Mt Umunhum and Calero Reservoir.

It was a very good experience, with two kids a 2yer old and a 3yer old, it was a nice View from the top and the trail itself it’s clean and well-maintained

Moderate trail best visited during spring when grass in green and wild flowers are in full blossom. We parked near mineral springs area parking lot, pretty much at the end of road. This is paid parking. Once there, we crossed the bridge to get to mineral spring picinc area (towards left) and continued walking past several more picnic areas towards left. The Penetencia trail continues along the Penetencia creek on the left and at one point converts into South rim trail. This is a beautiful, shaded section almost flat until we reach switchbacks which are quite gradual. Once at the top, there are wide open views of the valley and the mountain across which has north rim trail. Until this point, the trail is almost completely shaded. We continued to walk along South rim trail until we reached a fork. We took the path towards right as they go down back. These are Sycamore switchbacks which directly overlook the parking lot and mineral springs area below. The switchbacks are fully exposed to sun with almost no shade. We felt we would have worked our muscles bit harder coming up from here instead. Once down, we just turned left to go back to the parking lot past mineral springs picnic area. We loved this area more since the the mountains were lush green with yellow wild flowers everywhere.

This is my first time hiking around Morgan Hill and this is totally worth it! We hiked right after the rain so everything was so green. We got to see wild animals along the ways. Please note the best time to go is spring or Fall.

Moderate hike, gain ~1600 feet elevation, 8.2 Miles, many beautiful wild flowers along the way up to Bald Peak. Breathtaking views when you are at top. Bring at least 2 litters of water and lunch/snacks. Nice, clean trail with some shades.

Easy hike, gradually climb up with California Poppy flowers on both sides of the trail. Many other wild flowers and butterflies, mostly expose with decent cool breezes.

Beautiful place. Loved it

amazing views, peaceful hike

hiking
2 months ago

This has become my favorite trail the blaze whether rain, hail or shine

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