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Chisnantuck Peak Trail

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A wooded trail that climbs gradually to a ridge top with great views.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

94%

Runnable

1,495' 456 m

High

867' 264 m

Low

647' 197 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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The park is open 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no fee when parking in the trailhead parking area.

Description

Chisnantuck Peak Trail is buried deep in the wooded and grass foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There are no nearby parking areas or roads to it. Thus, it is used as part of longer runs through Calero County Park and Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve. Chisnantuck Peak Trail connects to other trails at both its start and end points. See the map and descriptions of the trail systems in this area to plan your run on Chisnantuck Peak Trail.

As shown in this description, Chisnantuck Peak Trail starts at the Cottle Rest Site where Cottle Trail ends. From here, it enters the woods and begins climbing gradually for its entire length. As the trail ascends, the woods thin and there are open grassy sections. Views of Calero Reservoir and the Diablo Range across Santa Clara Valley, emerge. Continuing to climb, the trail once more becomes completely wooded for about its last .7 miles.

Chisnantuck Peak Trail ends at a ridgetop trail junction with Bald Peaks Trail and great views.

Flora & Fauna

Deer. Oak, manzanita, and other trees can be found in these woods. There are also short grass covered sections.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Cottle Trail ends after running through a high meadow nestled among the forested foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Jan 26, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
San Jose behind the hills from Chisnantuk Peak Trail
Mar 4, 2019 near Almaden…, CA
Calero Reservoir
Mar 4, 2019 near Almaden…, CA
The sunlit woods along Chisnantuck Peak Trail on a summer day.
Jul 3, 2018 near Almaden…, CA

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