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nice trail, beginner friendly

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice hike, relatively flat with a few inclines. We did it with a toddler and baby (on our backs) and it took about 2 hours with some discovery stops. We will definitely be going back soon!

Solid hike. Lots of variation

If you're looking to have an empty trail and all the space (Hiking over the weekend) i'd suggest showing up early. Around 10AM is when the crowds start showing up. They have Machines to pay for parking rather than the booth if you show up early.

With everything nearly dry from the recent rains, i'd definitely suggest this trail if you're looking for a scenic view atop.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

Great moderate, local trail. Pretty muddy today. Great length and challenge level for me and my small dog. Would recommend!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail after all the rains. The water levels are higher and green all around. Easy trail as it's all paved and flat surface.
I didn't do the entire trail, walked for around 2hours.
I don't know how this trail would be in summer as there is no shade around.

Great hike today as the wild flowers are really taking off. The blue flowers of the Hounds Tongue and pink flowers of Shooting stars are almost at their peak now in mid March. It was 62 degrees today in Gilroy and I wore shorts and a Tee shirt until I got close to Bald Peak where the strong cold winds from the north were overwhelming. Luckily I brought a thermal long sleeve and wind breaker which helped alot. The wind along the ridgetop get accelerated in certain funneling spots particularly late in the day. A guy who I saw said he saw a mountain lion. I went by the area where he saw it but no luck!

Amazing trail and truly stunning views of south San Jose! First time on the trail and after the recent rains, the lush greens and flowing water were all spectacular! A little bit muddy so be mindful of where you step and watch out to bring good shoes (and/or ones you don’t mind getting a bit messy), but this trail has some really fantastic moments throughout! Definitely moderate in hiking, with a couple of heart-elevating inclines, but nothing too strenuous and certainly worth every step! Do yourself a favor and get out on this trail ASAP!

Beautiful hike. Quite muddy in some areas but worth the trip.

Shooting the green and flowers before it all turns brown!

Pretty good hike in a relatively quiet area. Recent rains made the trail a little interesting in some parts but overall still very walkable. Beautiful views

Simple paved trail nothing fancy or fun

on Quicksilver Trail

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

17 days ago

Great trail... could be intimidating at first, but once you reach Eagle Rock and the view its well with it.

hiking
19 days ago

Very nice trail, mostly open and uncovered. First half is on a wider (car width) and pretty muddy surface, especially with all the recent rain. The back half (New Almaden Trail) was exquisite and offers a narrow trail (2-3 ft wide) with lots of tree coverage and excellent hiking! Stunning views of San Jose in the distance will pop out along the way, but you get a couple miles of “in forest” feeling where the trees are all around and above you, and if you go on a weekday there will be hardly anyone there. Allow 1.5-2 hours from start to finish, with time for photos and a moderate pace (20-22 min mile).

hiking
23 days ago

Trail all paved. Several restrooms along trail. Opportunity for light elevation challenges. Mostly sunny trail. Park parking fees apply. Lots of picnic tables to stop at. Trail good for a family outting. All in All good outing.

hiking
muddy
washed out
23 days ago

Beautiful trail this time of year

A great trail even for beginners, but still a good workout as there is significant elevation gain! We got here at 9am on a Saturday and there was ample parking. Finished trail in couple hours, stopping to admire and take pictures of the natural beauty around us!

I'm 73 years young. I can tell you this is my best hiking trail, for enjoyment and scenary. I love the south rim hike. jose

trail running
28 days ago

Don’t let this trail’s modest elevation gain fool you. It’s an easy hike but running it is more challenging. It’s a single track favored by mountain bikers so be aware. It ends at the gate to Sierra Vista OSP’s Boccardo Loop Trail.

This trail is used by both hikers, mountain bikes and runners. It’s exposed so it’s best to run it early during the summer. The rest of the year you can run or hike it at any time.

It’s a trail you can run or hike. I’ve seen lots of people and families hiking it. It’s straight up with very few downhill sections but the views are incredible.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

Lots of trail options but very muddy after all the rain we’ve had. Views were terrific. Make sure to have appropriate shoes as you may have to cross some pretty full creeks. Wouldn’t say it’s a “hard” trail, some good climbs but not overly difficult, we would classify as more moderate.

hiking
muddy
no shade
30 days ago

Beautiful scenic hike. Muddy on this day but worthy.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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