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Coho Vista Trail

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Run through the woods that ends with stunning views of the hills of La Honda and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

88%

Runnable

2,156' 657 m

High

1,963' 598 m

Low

4' 1 m

Up

193' 59 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

La Honda Open Space Preserve is open from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. In addition, to access the upper area of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, you need a permit to access the parking area on Allen Road. Parking along Allen Road is not permitted. You can apply for the permit (which has the combination for the gate on the road) at openspace.org/visit-a-prese…

Need to Know

To access the upper area of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, you need a permit to access the parking area on Allen Road. Parking along Allen Road is not permitted. You can apply for the permit (which has the combination for the gate on the road) at openspace.org/visit-a-prese…

There are no services in this part of the preserve, so bring any water or food that you need and practice Leave No Trace principles.

Runner Notes

The trail is free from obstacles, so it is fine for a trail run, especially when combined with the other trails in this preserve.

Description

The Coho Vista Trail departs from the Coho Vista Loop Trail and drops down the hillside through the grasslands offering great views of the hills in the lower parts of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve and on clear days, the Pacific Ocean. The trail is a wide dirt and grass trail that makes the easy running. After a quarter of a mile, the trail enters the woods as the trail continues to descend, more steeply at this point.

Moss covers the trees and provides a little bit of shade during the run. At the bottom of the hill, the trail emerges from the woods and makes its way out to a point where sweeping views of the area come into view. On clear days, you can see the Pacific Ocean. You can see the Santa Cruz Mountains and look down into the lower portions of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. It's a great view and due to the permits, there aren't a lot of people out there.

Flora & Fauna

The grasslands allow you the opportunity to see deer feeding in the morning or evening. Hawks and Turkey vultures can be seen soaring above the preserve. The forests offer you an opportunity to see redwoods, as well as ferns and moss that cover the trees in this area.

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David Hitchcock

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Moss covers the trees along the trail.
Jan 4, 2021 near Portola…, CA
Views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and other open spaces from the Vista Point.
Jan 4, 2021 near Portola…, CA
The trail emerges from the woods you can see for miles. The mountains and the ocean come into view, making it a great payoff for the hike.
Jan 4, 2021 near Portola…, CA
The amazing views at the Vista Point. It's the perfect combination of mountains and oceans in the distance.
Jan 4, 2021 near Portola…, CA

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