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Pala Seca Trail

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Grassy ridge top trail with great views.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

90%

Runnable

2,894' 882 m

High

2,645' 806 m

Low

306' 93 m

Up

57' 17 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8am to sunset.

Description

Pala Seca Trail is found in the quiet northern corner of the Joseph D. Grant County Park backcountry. Pala Seca Trail splits off of Canada de Pala Trail at the 6.5-mile mark of Canada de Pala Trail. When hiking north on Canada de Pala Trail, go right/north at this trail fork. Pala Seca Trail continues on the grassy ridge top that Canada de Pala Trail is on here. Going left at this fork, one drops down into a broad creek valley, as they continue on Canada de Pala Trail.

After splitting from Canada de Pala Trail, Pala Seca Trail begins with a short climb, and then flattens out for the remainder of its route atop the grassy ridge. The views are awesome! To the right/east are the rugged Diablo Range hills that seem to go on forever. To the left/southwest the blue Santa Cruz mountains stretch across the horizon. Behind/south faintly in the very far distance one can see the Monterey Peninsula on a clear day. Up ahead on the left/northwest in the distance, metropolitan Bay Area sprawls below. Nearby on the left are the hills and valleys of beautiful Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Pala Seca Trail ends at a trail junction at the northern end of Canada de Pala Trail. Antler Point Trail is also found at this trail junction and continues for another 0.4 miles on the ridge to an awesome viewpoint.

Flora & Fauna

Grass that is green in the spring, and golden in the summer and fall.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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The rugged Diablo Range hills to the east (left), ridges into the far distance, to the far side of Monterey Bay, to the south (center), and distant blue Santa Cruz Mountains, with the highest - Loma Prieta, to the southwest (right) from Pala Seca Trail.
Apr 15, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Copernicus Peak, the highest point in Santa Clara County at 4,360 ft. (left center) and Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft., (right center), share a ridge in the Diablo Range, seen looking southeast from Pala Seca Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The Diablo Range hills seem to go on forever to the east of the grassy ridge traversed by Pala Seca Trail.
Apr 15, 2020 near East Fo…, CA
Pala Seca Trail climbs a high grassy ridge with wildflowers - orange California poppies.
Apr 15, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA

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