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Manzanita Trail

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High open trail with great views in all directions - Mt. Hamilton nearby, Santa Cruz Mountains, etc.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

87%

Runnable

2,664' 812 m

High

2,265' 690 m

Low

470' 143 m

Up

95' 29 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

Manzanita Trail starts from a major trail junction with Foothill Trail and Bonhoff Trail, high in the Joseph D. Grant County Park backcountry. Initially in the thin grassy woods, the trail climbs gradually.

After a short steep climb at the 0.25 mile mark, Manzanita Trail is out of the woods. From here until the trail's end, grassy hills with stands of trees, rise to the left/northeast. Mt. Hamilton with Lick Observatory, and other peaks are seen nearby to the northeast between the hills and trees, as the trail winds around the grassy hillsides, climbing gradually now.

To the right/southwest, hillsides and creek valleys drop off, thus providing great views of the lower hills of the park. Also, in the distance are the blue Santa Cruz Mountains to the southwest. As the trail reaches its highest points towards its end, glimpses of San Francisco Bay can be seen far in the distance to the northwest. Very awe inspiring!

Manzanita Trail ends at the park boundary and a private property line, after 1.6 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Grass hills that are green in the spring, and golden in the summer and fall, dotted with oaks, gray pines, manzanitas, some bushes. Big swooping birds.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Great views to the northeast descending Manzanita Trail - Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft. (left), and surrounding green hills and countryside on a gorgeous spring day.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
Several creeks start high in the hills around Manzanita Trail. One of these creeks in its wooded valley, is on the left.  In the distance to the southwest are the blue Santa Cruz Mountains.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
In the distance are the blue Santa Cruz Mountains, as a creek in its wooded valley is to the left, high on Manzanita Trail.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
High in the Diablo Range of Joseph D. Grant County Park backcountry, Manzanita Trail winds through the grassy tree studded hills, with the blue Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance to the southwest.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA
Mount Hamilton, 4, 265 ft., and Lick Observatory are seen nearby to the northeast, from Manzanita Trail.
Apr 4, 2020 near Seven T…, CA

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