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Foothill Trail

Intermediate
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Nicely shaded trail through grassy woods along creeks, with a couple open areas.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

87%

Runnable

2,257' 688 m

High

1,981' 604 m

Low

290' 88 m

Up

210' 64 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · 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

Foothill Trail starts at tiny Eagle Lake, at the end of Hotel Trail, deep in the Joseph D. Grant County Park backcountry. The first 0.1 miles of Foothill Trail is flat as it goes through an open grassy area.

Foothill Trail then enter the woods, where it will stay for most of its route. These woods are thin with grassy groundcover. Descending gradually to a small creek, the trail veers left at the 0.2 mile mark and begins to follow this creek, sometimes almost in the creek, so it can be muddy and rocky. Climbing gradually, the trail veers away from the creek temporarily around the 0.3 mile mark, but then returns to follow a tributary to the first creek, upstream in the thin, sunlit woods.

Just before a major trail junction at the 1.1 mile mark, Foothill Trail leaves the creeks behind and breaks out of the woods, revealing Mt. Hamilton with Lick Observatory on its summit, ahead. Foothill Trail then passes Bonhoff Trail and Manzanita Trail, goes through a shaded section, and then a field next to a Cal Fire installation on the left. After passing the Cal Fire buildings, Foothill Trail ends at the Smith Creek Trail start.

Flora & Fauna

Thinly wooded creek valleys, and grassy hills, green in the spring, golden in summer/fall, with oaks. Cows, deer.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Photos

Emerging from the woods, Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft., with Lick Observatory on its summit, come into view high on Foothill Trail.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
A small creek in its thinly wooded creek valley, is to the left of Foothill Trail here.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
Grassy, thin, sunlit woods with a small creek to the left of Foothill Trail, on a pretty spring day.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
Tiny Eagle Lake is at the Foothill Trail/Hotel Trail junction.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA

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