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Valley Oak Trail

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An easy, pretty trail through sunlit woods and meadows with views of Coyote Lake.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

928' 283 m

High

907' 277 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

26' 8 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Very pretty and easy trail. Picnic areas and toilets are nearby at the trail end. Can be combined with Coyote Ridge Trail for a 3.1 mile family-friendly hike from either the campground or boat launch.

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

Valley Oak Trail goes from the drive-in campground area to the boat launch area. It parallels the road but is far enough from the road to not see or hear it. It is a very pretty trail through the woods and meadows with wildflowers in the spring. Basically flat, it is very easy to hike and is great for families with little kids.

To find Valley Oak Trail, from the drive-in campground, take Campground Trail for 0.2 miles to Valley Oak Trail. Turn right onto Valley Oak Trail. Almost immediately, Valley Oak Trail enters the sunlit woods and winds through them. After about 0.6 miles, the woods thin into open meadow and views of Coyote Lake are reached. The trail crosses the meadow to re-enter woods, only to come out of them again at another meadow at the Ohlone Trail junction at the 1.1 mile mark. Ohlone Trail leads to the popular boat launch and picnic area, 0.2 miles away.

Shortly after passing Ohlone Trail, Valley Oak Trail ends at Calaveras Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Deer roam the oak woods and grass meadows. Wildflowers bloom here in the spring.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Valley Oak Trail goes through the sunlit oak woods.
Apr 13, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Ithuriel's Spear along Coyote Ridge Trail
Apr 14, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Checkerbloom along Coyote Ridge Trail
Apr 13, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Ohlone Trail heads down to Coyote Lake.
Apr 13, 2018 near San Martin, CA

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Apr 12, 2018
Joan Pendleton