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Best trails in Saratoga

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Looking for a great trail near Saratoga, California? AllTrails has 50 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 around Castle Rock State Park or The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Saratoga ranging from 1.4 to 14.8 miles and from 357 to 3,179 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Saratoga
Top trails (50)
#1 - Castle Rock, Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trail Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 59 m
#2 - Sanborn Trail
Sanborn County Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
Excellent hike through the redwoods just west of Saratoga and south of San Jose, California. Sanborn Skyline County Park gets pretty busy on many weekends with family reunions, wedding receptions and other assorted gatherings -- if you end up at one and find yourself craving a hike instead of all that company, this is the loop to take. It starts on the San Andreas Trail and takes a vigorous march up the hillside west of the park. The trail can be steep in places, but you'll be covered in a canopy of redwoods that'll shade you from the sun and help you forget why you need to be away from civilization for a few hours. The trail turns south after about three miles at the intersection with Sanborn Trail -- from here it's a couple miles back, all downhill. Sanborn Trail passes through the park's excellent walk-in campgrounds -- scout out some sites if you've got rambunctious kids who won't mind lugging all your camping gear up from the parking lot. The walk-in part discourages a lot of potential campers, leaving a fair number of open campsites for those who don't mind hauling their tents, food and such uphill. Those with the legs for it can enjoy some of the nicest campsites in the Bay Area. Once you get through the campgrounds, a park trail returns to the parking lot. Best time to go: Redwoods make for great all-year hiking. Going on weekdays can avoid the crowds.Show more
#3 - Ridge Trail to Goat Rock Overlook, Emily Smith Observation Point, and Saratoga Gap Trail
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
#4 - Villa Montalvo Lookout Point, South Orchard, Creek Trail Loop
Villa Montalvo County Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
This is a short but beautiful hike to a beautiful lookout with cute signs of positive affirmations along the way. There are also an art center, theatre, and garden in the area.Show more
#5 - Saratoga Gap Trail and Ridge Trail Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#6 - Bay Area Ridge Trail: Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trail
Sanborn County Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
Opened in 2014, this well-designed singletrack wooded trail is a popular mountain biking route with a significant ascent or descent. Lake County Reservoir provides a scenic resting spot. Parking at the ends of both connector trails is extremely limited, so consider doing this route as a round-trip from the Sunnyvale Mountain staging area. For more information, see the Bay Area Ridge Trail page here: https://ridgetrail.org/sanborn-county-park-john-nicholas-trail/ This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all of the Bay Area Ridge trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press: https://www.wildernesspress.com/product.php?productid=16685&cat=274&bestseller=Y Show more
#7 - Parker Ranch Trail to Nob Hill Loop
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
There's a sharp uphill hike in the beginning. Once you pass that, it's combination of mild uphill and downhill. In few areas, the trail passes through neighborhood and crosses the streets. At the vista point (Nob Hill), there are trails that go to Masie's Peak and can connect you to Steven's Canyon trail.Show more
#8 - San Andreas Trail to Peterson Memorial Trail
Sanborn County Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
#9 - Maisie's Peak and Nob Hill Extended Loop
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
NOTE: As of August 2020, there are parts of the trail that are closed. Show more
#10 - Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
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