Knibbs Knob Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,764' 538 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,910' 887 m
Low: 1,147' 350 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A ridge climb deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with views that get better and better as the trail climbs.”— Joan Pendleton
Reservations are required on the weekend due to limited parking and traffic on a one lane road. See the park website for up to date information on how to get a reservation. sccgov.org/sites/parks/park…
Knibbs Knob Trail climbs continually, and steeply in many places, from start to end. The trail begins in the woods by switchbacking up the end of the ridge that separates the two creek valleys. Initially, Uvas Creek can be heard to the right (north) of the trail, although it can not be seen due to the dense woods. As the trail climbs, steep forested hillsides across the Uvas Creek Valley can be seen through the trees. Some of the switchback U-turns have spectacular views due to the steep dropoffs, thus trees do not block the views.
The last switchback (for now) is at the 0.6 mile mark. From here the trail continues to climb the ridge crest. Vegetation on the ridge crest and south (left) side of the ridge is primarily low brush, thus providing great views of the mountains. The north (right) side of the ridge is wooded with limited views through the taller and denser trees. Knibbs Knob, a high circular bump comes into view ahead, just to the north (right) of the trail.
At the 1.6 mile mark, Knob Trail, a short spur trail that leads to the top of Knibbs Knob, is reached, as Knibbs Knobs Trail passes Knibbs Knob on the knob's south side. Continuing to climb, Knibbs Knob Trail goes through low brush and wooded areas, as it winds around from the south side to the north side of the ridge. After 2.0 miles, the trail ends at Summit Road, a dirt road here, that is open to motor vehicle traffic.
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