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6 Mile Trail Loop

Intermediate
 3.9 (9)

A peaceful path through redwoods and oaks but beware this trail has no compassion.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Point to Point

998' 304 m

High

168' 51 m

Low

855' 261 m

Up

1,064' 324 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Some Saturdays are closed to hikers (trailrunners).

Description

Run among some redwood giants. Either direction will have you panting from a 750+ ft climb. Terrain can be packed dirt, sandy, or full of roots so watch your footwork.

This trail resides on a Buddhist retreat. They are kind enough to open it to the public so show respect and keep your voices low and leave no trace. Although mountain biking is illegal on these trails you may still run into some riders.

From the bridge crossing follow the road to the right up a very steep hill then keep left. Around the next bend take the path around the gate into the woods. Follow this trail under some fallen trees and across the creek. This is where you meet your first hill climb. At the connection to a gravel road hang a left then at the top of the next hill go right. Keep on this path to the next fork that has a map and continue forward. Follow this singletrack up and up. At the top there is a connector trail which will lead to Nicene Marks' Westridge trail. Follow the Tibetan prayer flags to continue on your 6 mile loop. It's a clear path back from there.

Flora & Fauna

Squirrels, turkeys, and deer are all inhabitants of this wilderness.

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  3.9 from 9 votes

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Trail next to creek
Aug 3, 2019 near Soquel, CA
Left or right path of tree with prayer Flags leads back Land of Medicine Buddha
Aug 3, 2019 near Day Valley, CA
Trail begins to the left past the gate.
Aug 3, 2019 near Soquel, CA

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Dec 5, 2020
Marc Corona
Oct 28, 2020
mich n
Oct 24, 2020
Hayley Riggins
Aug 19, 2016
Samoht Alt
8.5mi — 3h 05m
Aug 14, 2016
Domingo Moronta
Lovely shaded hike with a harrowing uphill climb that makes the descent back to your car that much earned. 9mi — 2h 34m
Apr 15, 2016
Mark Andersen
7.3mi — 2h 39m
Apr 15, 2016
Erin Andersen
7.3mi
Apr 24, 2015
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