Hidden Springs Trail
ElevationAscent: 435' 133 m
Descent: -7' -2 m
High: 846' 258 m
Low: 418' 127 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A trail leading through the Santa Teresa Hills in the center of Santa Teresa County Park.”— Joan Pendleton
Almost immediately, it emerges from the woods to cross Bernal Road, and then re-enters the woods. The trail climbs gradually along a hillside until it reaches the central picnic area of the park. As it climbs, the woods give way to grass and brush. One can see suburban south San Jose in the distance below, to the left of the trail. The East Bay Hills are also visible behind suburban south San Jose.
Ahead, the view is a beautiful mix of grass and wooded hills. As one nears the central picnic area, there is a deep stream valley to the left of the trail, providing a rather dramatic view.
About 0.55 miles from its trailhead, the Hidden Springs Trail passes the central picnic area. From here, it goes behind a grass-covered ridge to the left of the trail, and suburban south San Jose is no longer visible. A stream runs next to the trail, eventually ending at its source, a small pond. Perhaps this pond is spring fed by the hidden springs giving this trail its name? Shortly after the pond, the Hidden Springs Trail ends at an intersection with the Coyote Peak Trail.
The Hidden Springs Trail is a relatively easy, and very pretty trail through the center of Santa Teresa County Park. Wild flowers can be seen in the spring, deer may be present, and the gurgling stream is pleasant.
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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks