“A wooded trail that climbs gradually to a ridge top with great views.”
— Joan Pendleton
Views · Wildlife
The park is open 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no fee when parking in the trailhead parking area.
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.