ElevationAscent: 90' 27 m
Descent: -77' -23 m
High: 916' 279 m
Low: 836' 255 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“Short, scenic loop high on the east shoulder of Bernal Hill.”— Joan Pendleton
Going counter-clockwise on Vista Loop, at about the 0.3 mile mark, the trail bends left and does a short, steeper climb through a thinly wooded section. Coming out of the woods, the trail bends left again, and the top of Bernal Hill is close by on the right. Continuing on, now descending gradually on the south side of a shoulder of Bernal Hill, the hillside rises to the left, and drops off to the right, providing great views of the distant Santa Cruz Mountains including their highest peak - Loma Prieta.
After 0.6 miles, the Vista Loop trail split is reached, followed by the Joice Trail junction.
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