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Yerba Buena Trail

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Climb through gorgeous grassy, oak studded hills to awesome views.


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

81%

Runnable

2,557' 779 m

High

1,598' 487 m

Low

994' 303 m

Up

34' 10 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8am to sunset.

Need to Know

Cows graze around this trail, as a nod to the history of this land. They are monitored by a resource management plan.

Description

From the parking area at the Yerba Buena Trail start, head up the dirt road towards Halls Valley Trail. Almost immediately, on the right is a signpost marking the start of Yerba Buena Trail. Follow the signpost arrow and go right onto Yerba Buena Trail.

The first mile of Yerba Buena Trail is fairly flat as it runs next to Mt. Hamilton Rd., in the grassy hills with clumps of oaks all around. Although the trail is close to the road, it is still scenic and far enough from the road to be quite nice. The hills across the San Felipe Creek Valley to the right/southwest are beautiful, and close by to the left, the hills rise up from the trail. Trail junctions to Hotel Trail and Loop Trail are passed.

At the 1.0 mile mark, Yerba Buena Trail turns left and begins climbing into the grass and oak studded hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park. This climb lasts all the way to the end of Yerba Buena Trail, sometimes steeper and sometimes more gradual. As one climbs, sweeping views unfold from the north all the way around to the southwest. By the end of Yerba Buena Trail one can see the San Francisco Bay (distant northwest), Santa Cruz Mountains including Loma Prieta, 3,790 ft., and Mt. Umunhum, 3,486 ft. (distant southwest), and even the Monterey Peninsula across Monterey Bay (very distant southwest). Nearer by, one looks out over the Diablo Range hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park, Grant Lake, and the broad San Felipe Creek Valley. Truly awe inspiring views up here at the end of Yerba Buena Trail.

Yerba Buena Trail ends at Canada de Pala Trail, after 2.4 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Grass hills that are green in the spring, golden in summer and fall, sprinkled with oaks. Cows.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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The San Francisco Bay is seen to the northwest in the far distance (center right) from high on Yerba Buena Trail as it travels through the spring green hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park. Grant Lake is straight ahead below the trail.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Sharing the trail with cows while winding through the Diablo Range hills on Yerba Buena Trail.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The Santa Cruz Mountain are southwest in the far distance, with Loma Prieta, 3,790 ft., their highest peak, on the left, as Yerba Buena Trail winds through the spring green hills of the Diablo Range.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Tiny McCreery Lake, set in the wooded and grass hills, is found at the trail junction of Loop, McCreery Lake, and Lakeview Trails in Joseph D. Grant county Park.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
A stream flows in a small wooded valley in the pretty grassy hills, below Yerba Buena Trail.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Cut Off Trail is a short cut from grassy Yerba Buena Trail, to the wooded section of Loop Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA

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