ElevationAscent: 224' 68 m
Descent: -9' -3 m
High: 701' 214 m
Low: 485' 148 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“Run from Novitiate Park uphill to meet up with the Jones Trail in St. Joseph's Hill Preserve.”— David Hitchcock
Due to its location near to Highway 17, which leads south to Santa Cruz, traffic can always be heard along the trail. As the trail begins to climb more steeply, it transforms from a dirt trail to a rockier trail that slopes downhill in places due to erosion. At roughly half a mile, the trail cuts back to the left and climbs up the hillside. Wildflowers can be seen blooming in the spring time. Utilizing another switchback, the trail opens up a little bit and views of Highway 17 and the surrounding hills spread out before you. Passing through a small gate that prevents mountain bikers from accessing the trail, the trail cuts to the left and meets up with the Jones Trail.
At this point, you can turn around and retrace your steps back to your car, or take a left on the Jones Trail and descend back to Novitiate Park. If you want to continue exploring St. Joseph's Hill Preserve, go to the right to access the other trails in the preserve.
Wildflowers bloom along the trail in the springtime.
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