ElevationAscent: 140' 43 m
Descent: -169' -51 m
High: 974' 297 m
Low: 860' 262 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“Trail along Coyote Lake, through woods and open meadows, some covered with spring wildflowers.”— Joan Pendleton
From its starting point on Coyote Ridge Trail, Calaveras Trail crosses a grassy meadow where the Valley Oak Trail junction is found. Coyote Lake can be seen below. Passing Valley Oak Trail, Calaveras Trail enters thin, grassy oak woods as it travels north.
Calaveras Trail runs along the gently sloping east side of Coyote Ridge, about halfway up the ridge, for the entire length of the trail. It is a fairly flat trail, going through alternating sections of thin woods and open meadows. Coyote Lake can be seen below through breaks in the trees. In the spring, there is an abundance of wildflowers of many varieties. Some meadows and hillsides are carpeted with them, especially on the northern half of the trail—it's quite a display!
After 2.4 miles, Calaveras Trail ends at Harvey Bear Trail, 0.2 miles from the parking area at the dam.
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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks