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Gilson Gap Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 708' 216 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 971' 296 m
Low: 263' 80 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Zaki Rucker

Beautiful views of the Salinas Valley.

Zaki Rucker

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

No mountain bikes on most sections.

Need to Know

Parking in the park is $8, and $3 for active duty military. Many people park outside the park and run in to save on fees.

Description

There are many options to interweave with other trails. This will help any experienced runners find their ideal route. When the weather is good you can connect many trails to go long and find the most rewarding views. On hot days you can choose to stay in the shady parts of Ollason Trail.

Flora & Fauna

There is some poison oak, especially early on in the trails. I saw hawks, squirrels, mice, cows, and lizards.

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Land Manager: Monterey County - Parks

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Heading down Gilson Gap trail from Ollason Trail
Jul 8, 2018 near Salinas, CA

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