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Santa Rosa Trail

Intermediate
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Trail leading up into the preserve with views of the South Bay opening up below you.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.5

KM

83%

Runnable

756' 230 m

High

321' 98 m

Low

435' 133 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Santa Rosa Open Space is open from 6 am to sunset throughout the year.

Need to Know

There are no services along the trail, so make sure to bring any water, sunscreen and food that you need for your trip. The trail is shared with mountain bikers and equestrians, so be aware of what is going on around you. There is private property along the trail, especially at the end, so it is important to stay on the trail.

Runner Notes

The trail is free from obstacles, so this can be combined with some of the other trails in the area for a nice loop.

Description

The Santa Rosa Trail departs from Belgatos Park and climbs up into Santa Rosa Preserve. The trail departs the parking area in the park and runs by the playground before turning to the right, crossing a bridge and crossing the Fire Road connector. Many people just take the Fire Road up to where the trail breaks off to the right and starts climbing higher into the preserve.

The trail is a double wide dirt trail at this point and passes through a patch of trees before really starting to climb. Here, the trail is more exposed, so make sure to have sunscreen and hats on sunny days. The trail climbs a series of switchbacks before coming to a fork in the trail.

From here, you can turn to the right and take a short connector up into Heintz Open Space Preserve where you can follow the Sky or Valley View Trail. If you go to the left, the Santa Rosa Trail starts to level out and climbs gently up the hillside. The views of Silicon Valley are excellent from up here.

The trail winds around the hillside and finally arrives at Santa Rosa Drive. From here, you can turn around and retrace your steps back to your car. If you have more time, you can follow Santa Rosa Drive to the left to Madera Court Drive, and link up with the Fire Road and Ridge Trail to create a nice loop.

Flora & Fauna

Like other trails in the preserve, you can encounter deer, coyotes, turkeys, and bobcats in the preserve. You may also see a variety of birds in the trees around you.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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in San Jose

#1,305

in California

#12,305

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Photos

The view of the South Bay Area from the Santa Rosa Trail.
Jan 2, 2021 near Cambria…, CA
Looking down the hill that the Ridge Trail climbs to get above the parking lot and Los Gatos, providing some nice views of the area.
Jan 2, 2021 near Cambria…, CA
The Santa Clara trail from the fork in the trail. From here, you start to get glimpses of Silicon Valley below you.
Jan 2, 2021 near Cambria…, CA

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