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Zinfandel Trail

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 3.7 (6)

A hike through oak forests and along hillsides that ends at Cooley Picnic Area in Steven Creek County Park.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

916' 279 m

High

568' 173 m

Low

177' 54 m

Up

466' 142 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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The preserve is open year round from dawn until half an hour after sunset.

Description

The Zinfandel Trail spans the Pichetti Ranch Open Space Preserve and Stevens Creek Park as it meanders through the oak forests and chaparral hills of the area.

The trail starts at the parking lot next to the Pichetti Winery, which makes for a great destination after your hike for a little refreshment. The trail meanders on the other side of the winery's picnic area before leaving the winery and working its way uphill through the orchards of the old Pichetti Ranch. The trail is wide at this point and can be heavily traveled by visitors of the winery. Views of the South Bay can be enjoyed on the left hand side of the trail.

At roughly 0.25 miles, the Orchard Loop Trail breaks off to the left. A short distance further, Pichetti Ranch Pond sits off to the left of the trail. A seasonal wetland, this area provides habitat for a number of species and if there has been rainfall, ducks and geese may be seen swimming and relaxing in the water. There are two trails on either side of the pond that lead to a vista point where views of winery and surrounding area can be enjoyed. At roughly 0.5 miles, the Orchard Loop Trail joins back with the Zinfandel Trail on the left hand side.

The dirt trail narrows and becomes a pedestrian-only trail (it was shared with equestrians up to this point) and begins to follow the hillsides of the area, with Stevens Creek Reservoir visible off to the lefthand side of the trail. The trail enters an oak forest and quickly comes to a small stream, which is easily crossed by a bridge. The trail climbs out of the ravine and enters Stevens Creek County Park. More views of the reservoir spread out before you at the top of the hike at roughly 1.4 miles.

The trail drops back into the woods, where the shade from the trees provides relief from the sun, even in the middle of the day. From here, the trail descends through the woods and runs alongside Stevens Creek. The trail finally emerges at Cooley Picnic area, where there are picnic tables and toilets. From here, your only option is to turn around and retrace your steps as any other trails that may appear to lead back to earlier parts of the hike are on private property or necessitate heading alongside the road.

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Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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Vista from Zinfandel Trail
Oct 14, 2018 near Loyola, CA
Soak up the views of Stevens Creek Reservoir from the Zinfandel Trail.
Mar 8, 2017 near Saratoga, CA
Picchetti Winery from the Zinfandel Trail.
Mar 16, 2017 near Loyola, CA

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Sep 11, 2020
Miguel Ochoa
May 21, 2020
Miguel Ochoa
Jan 5, 2020
David Hitchcock
Nice hike on a Sunday afternoon, easy rolling hike through the preserve. 4.2mi
Sep 2, 2019
Duncan MacCannell
Aug 18, 2019
Stephanie Falch
Jul 18, 2019
Caitlin M
Nice there and back trail to the creek 4mi
May 21, 2019
Jaehong Park
May 11, 2019
Michelle Kiang