Coal Road Trail
ElevationAscent: 249' 76 m
Descent: -52' -16 m
High: 1,954' 596 m
Low: 1,755' 535 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A shaded run through an oak forest along the Coal Creek Open Space Preserve Boundary.”— David Hitchcock
The Coal Road Trail dips slightly as it leaves the Crazy Pete's Road Trail before it starts climbing uphill toward the entrance gate. The trail is wide, composed of mainly dirt, leaves, and grass. It climbs steadily uphill through an oak and madrone forest, which provides ample amounts of shade, even in the middle of the day. Since the trail is used by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, you need to pay attention as you run for others who might be using the trail.
The trail swings back to the right around the .3 mile marker, following the preserve's boundary as it begins to level off. On the left hand side of the trail is private property while on the right hand side, views of the South San Francisco Bay are obscured by trees and brush. Every once in a while, you'll get a glimpse of the bay as you run along, but most of the views are obscured. After .6 miles, the trail begins to climb again as it makes its way back to the Crazy Pete's Road Trail and the entrance to Coal Creek Open Space Preserve. From here, you can follow the road to the left back to your car. If you accessed this trail from the Alpine Road Trail, you can take a right and follow Crazy Pete's Road Trail back down to where the Coal Road Trail breaks off.
When combined with Crazy Pete's Road Trail, this offers a great lollipop run. It's also great when you need to run in the middle of the day as the forest provides shade and relief from the heat.
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Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space