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Grant Trail

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Short, flat, wide, paved trail that visits historical buildings amid beautiful views of the wooded and grass hills.


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1.0

Miles

1.7

KM

99%

Runnable

1,598' 487 m

High

1,505' 459 m

Low

60' 18 m

Up

93' 28 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8am to sunset.

Description

Grant Trail can be started from a few different parking areas. As shown here, from the parking area at the trail start, head down the trail for about 0.1 miles where you'll reach a T. Going right at the T takes one to the historic Ranch House, Cook House, Rose Garden and other out buildings. There are great views of the Diablo Range, including Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft., to the east on this stretch. About 0.1 miles from the T, going right, one arrives at the historic Ranch House, Rose Garden, and other buildings, where one can wander around their grounds exploring and imagining what life was like in this rural area back then.

Take another right, past the large Hotel Trail sign and veer right at the fork in the paved path. This takes one around a loop where one can look out over the broad San Felipe Creek Valley and surround hills. On the return, cross the pavement here, head toward the nearby old building and veer left to get onto the paved trail path.

From here, Grant Trail passes a long historical building to the right - the Old Service Station, complete with an old horse carriage parked in it. After passing the Old Service Station, the trail comes to a park road. Cross this road and turn left onto the paved trail path that runs along the road.

After a very short ways there is a parking area on the right. Cross the road again and circle around the parking lot on the paved trail path, and then cross the pavement again, heading toward a long green historical building - the Green Barn. Walk along the Green Barn keeping the road/parking pavement to your left and the Green Barn to your right.

After the Green Barn, go right and cross San Felipe Creek on a wide sturdy bridge. This brings one to a T.

Flora & Fauna

Tree shaded and open grassy areas. Spring wildflowers. Wild turkeys.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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The wooded and grass hills of the Diablo Range, including Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft., with Lick Observatory on its summit, are seen to the east from Grant Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The historic Ranch House, set in the Diablo Range hills, as seen from the Rose Garden.  Mt. Hamilton, 4,265 ft. is in the distance, upper center.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The historic Cook House (left) and Ranch House (right).
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
The historic Green Barn is visited by Grant Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
An old carriage in the Old Service Station along Grant Trail.
May 29, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA

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