Willow Springs Trail
ElevationAscent: 709' 216 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 1,065' 325 m
Low: 360' 110 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“This is a trail that gradually climbs a ridge as it winds through rolling grass hills studded with oak trees.”— Joan Pendleton
Willow Springs Trail climbs gradually and continually as it winds its way through rolling grass hills studded with oak trees. It heads towards Coyote Lake, which comes into view at the very end after a final climb. The golden grasses of summer and autumn become bright green with patches of yellow mustard in the winter and spring when the rains come.
Several trail junctions are passed along the way: a cutoff to Martin Murphy Trail at mile 0.15, Harvey Bear Trail at mile 0.4, Townsprings Trail at mile 1.0, and Rancho San Ysidro Trail at mile 1.1.
There are expansive views of the pristine grass hills looking north, northeast, east, and southeast. Looking behind (south, southwest, west, and northwest), are equally expansive views of rural southern Santa Clara Valley, and the forested, dark green Santa Cruz Mountains in the far distance to the southwest and west. If one looks carefully, they can pick out Mt. Umunhum in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks