Bald Peaks Trail
ElevationAscent: 339' 103 m
Descent: -851' -259 m
High: 1,798' 548 m
Low: 1,143' 349 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
Popular runs nearby
Tour of Rancho Canada del Oro
8.3 mi 13.4 km • Loop • 1,558 ft Ascent 475.02 m Ascent
Quicksilver History Loop
8.0 mi 12.9 km • Loop • 1,454 ft Ascent 443.32 m Ascent
Rancho San Vicente Loop
8.4 mi 13.6 km • Loop • 672 ft Ascent 204.86 m Ascent
Waterfall Loop Nature Trail
1.0 mi 1.7 km • Point to Point • 320 ft Ascent 97.46 m Ascent
Merry-Go-Round to Sprig Trail Loop
8.8 mi 14.2 km • Loop • 1,676 ft Ascent 510.98 m Ascent
Castle Rock Loop
3.4 mi 5.4 km • Loop • 749 ft Ascent 228.18 m Ascent
“This is a high-ridge trail with views of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz Mountains, Diablo Range, and more!”— Joan Pendleton
Features Birding · Views · Wildlife
The starting point of Bald Peaks Trail is accessed by Longwall Canyon Trail. From the Rancho Canada del Oro parking area, run 2.9 miles up Longwall Canyon Trail to its end at Bald Peaks Trail. From here, Bald Peaks Trail is a wide trail over grassy terrain. The trail climbs almost unnoticeably, because you'll be too busy marvelling at views to notice this one-third-mile uphill to the trail's high point.
From its high point, Bald Peaks Trail gradually descends, with continual awesome views in all directions, to its junction with Catamount Trail about one mile from the Bald Peaks Trail starting point. As the trail continues, so do the views. The trail soon crosses into Calero County Park and passes Chisnantuck Peak Trail to the left.
Continuing to descend gradually over the grassy terrain with views in all directions, Bald Peaks Trails then passes Needlegrass Trail to the right. After Needlegrass Trail, Bald Peaks Trail continues to descend, although now through sections of oak trees among the grassy terrain. After about another 0.6 miles, the trail passes Canada del Oro Trail and Canada del Oro Cutoff Trail to the left.
Bald Peaks Trail ends at Little Llagas Creek Trail. Run down Little Llagas Creek Trail and Little Llagas Creek Trail Access for a little over a mile to return to the Rancho Canada del Oro parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority