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Lower San Felipe Trail

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A rolling and easy trail in Joseph D. Grant County Park.


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0.8

Miles

1.2

KM

100%

Runnable

1,572' 479 m

High

1,468' 448 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

103' 32 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8am to sunset.

Need to Know

Lower San Felipe Trail is also the southern 0.75 miles of the longer San Felipe Trail (according to park sign posts).

Approaching Lower San Felipe Trail from the south, the sign post at the south end of Lower San Felipe Trail says San Felipe Trail NOT Lower San Felipe Trail.

Approaching Lower San Felipe Trail from the north, the sign post at the north end of Lower San Felipe Trail does say Lower San Felipe Trail.

Description

To find the Lower San Felipe Trail start, from the park road where Brush Trail starts, take Brush Trail. Almost immediately, is the signposted Brush Trail/Snell Trail junction. Follow the arrow onto Snell Trail. A very short ways later is the Lower San Felipe Trail start, marked by a sign post. The Lower San Felipe Trail start is a total of only 0.1 miles from the road where Brush Trail starts.

Lower San Felipe Trail descends very gradually as it runs on the southwest side of the broad San Felipe Creek Valley. To the right/southwest side of the trail the thinly wooded hillside rises away from the trail. To the left/northeast, the open valley drops gradually to San Felipe Creek. Snell Barn is below in this valley. However the creek is too far away to be seen. The creek's valley is open grasslands with wetlands at the valley bottom. Across the valley are the tree studded grass hills of the Diablo Range that rise to over 4,000 feet. high. Mount Hamilton, 4,265 feet., with Lick Observatory on its summit, can be seen in the distance. Great views!

Lower San Felipe Trail ends at Corral Trail and Eagle Trail after a little over 0.7 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Grass hills that are green in the spring, golden in summer and fall. Stands of oak trees. Poison oak. Deer. Rattlesnakes in the warm weather.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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The spring green hills of the Diablo Range are seen across the San Felipe Creek Valley, through a break in the trees along Brush Trail.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Snell Barn is nestled in the Diablo Range hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park. Springtime along (Lower) San Felipe Trail.
Mar 28, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The beautiful thin woods along the northern end of Brush Trail, on a sunny spring day.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Snell Barn in the Diablo Range hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park. Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft., is in the distance toward the right. Lick Observatory can be seen at the top of Mt. Hamilton.
Mar 28, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Snell Barn
Sep 30, 2017 near Alum Rock, CA

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