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Washburn Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Mostly exposed fire road with sustained climbs through grasslands, spring wildflowers and sparse woods.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

73%

Runnable

2,942' 897 m

High

1,469' 448 m

Low

1,484' 452 m

Up

681' 207 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Pass through the gate at Mt. Hamilton Road and follow the fire road past the white Washburn barn. After a slight dip to cross a (usually dry) stream bed, the trail climbs for the next two miles with some short, but steep stretches. Great panoramic views of San Jose and the surrounding hills on clear days.

Flora & Fauna

deer, bobcat, coyote

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Lindy Charter

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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  3.5 from 2 votes
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Heading into the Diablo Range hills, the historic Washburn Barn is ahead, as Washburn Trail passes spring wildflowers in the green grasses.
Apr 8, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Great views of the blue Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance on the far side of Santa Clara Valley, and nearer views of the ridge across the broad San Felipe Creek Valley, seen from highest stretch of Washburn Trail.  Distant Anderson Lake center left
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The blue Santa Cruz Mountains are in the far distance.  Closer, and separated from the Santa Cruz Mountains by Santa Clara Valley, is the ridge of the west side of the broad San Felipe Creek Valley.  Close up is the Tamien Trail ridge with spring flowers.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Spring wildflowers and green grass hills high on Washburn Trail.  The blue Santa Cruz Mountains to the southwest, can be seen in the distance on the right.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Copernicus Peak, the highest point in Santa Clara County at 4,360 ft. (left of center), and Mt Hamilton, 4.265 ft. (right of center), on their distant ridge to the southeast of Washburn Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
A small creek runs through this wide high creek valley, with a marshy area along the creek, at the Washburn/Canada de Pala trail junction.
Apr 15, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA

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