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Tamien Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (1)

Lightly used singletrack, high, grassy ridge top trail with great views.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

69%

Runnable

2,909' 887 m

High

2,467' 752 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

442' 135 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

Tamien Trail is found at the 3.1 mile mark along Washburn Trail, which is the highest point along Washburn Trail. A high grassy ridge runs southwest from this Washburn Trail high point. Tamien Trail follows this ridge top as it descends.

Turn southwest off Washburn Trail to run Tamien Trail. Initially, the trail descends gradually, but then some steeper descents are reached. The trail continually descends on the ridge top, becoming fainter and fainter until it eventually can't be seen after about 0.7 miles. The views are amazing in all directions from this ridge top trail.

Flora & Fauna

Wild grass that is green in the spring, and golden in the summer and fall. Spring wildflowers.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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  4.0 from 1 vote

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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
Orange California poppies and other wildflowers on this high ridge in the grass and wooded hills of the Diablo Range.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Orange California poppies explode in color on the high grassy ridge of Tamien Trail.  In the distance is the ridge forming the west side of the San Felipe Creek Valley, and in the far distance are the blue  Santa Cruz Mountains.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Center left, very far distance is Monterey Peninsula. In front of it in the distance is Anderson Lake in Santa Clara Valley below these Diablo Range hills. Blue Santa Cruz Mountains, and San Felipe Creek Valley and its west ridge (right distance).
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Amid wildflowers, views of Monterey Peninsula (center left, very far distance). In front of it is Anderson Lake in Santa Clara Valley below these Diablo Range hills, Santa Cruz Mountains, and San Felipe Creek Valley and its west ridge (right distance).
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA

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