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Hidden Springs Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.0 (2)

A trail leading through the Santa Teresa Hills in the center of Santa Teresa County Park.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

81%

Runnable

846' 258 m

High

418' 127 m

Low

435' 133 m

Up

7' 2 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The Hidden Springs Trail starts from the Mine Trail in the wooded northwestern area of Santa Teresa County Park.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Grass and tree covered hills. Some deer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  3.0 from 2 votes

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The Hidden Springs Trail offers great views of Coyote Peak across a wooded stream valley.
Mar 26, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Coyote Peak stands in the distance from the Hidden Springs Trail.
Mar 28, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Mt. Umunhum of the Santa Cruz Mountains stands in the distance along the Mine Trail.
Mar 10, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Spring wildflowers make for a trailside treat along the Hidden Springs Trail. Shown here are California poppies and an unidentified purple flower. If you know what it is, leave a comment!
Mar 27, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
A shaded stretch of the Ridge Trail heads toward the central picnic area.
Mar 10, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
This pond is fed by the hidden spring and serves as the source of the stream next to the Hidden Springs Trail.
Mar 26, 2017 near Almaden…, CA

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