Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve Bald Mountain Ramble

Los Gatos, California

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This nearly level trail takes you to a grassy knoll overlooking the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains and across to the heights of the Diablo Range.
South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley

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South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley

by Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, & Frances Spangle (Wilderness Press)

This nearly level trail takes you to a grassy knoll overlooking the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains and across to the heights of the Diablo Range.

©  Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, & Frances Spangle/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Los Gatos
Length: 1.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Local Maps: USGS Los Gatos and Santa Teresa Hills
Topo Map: Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve: Bald Mountain Ramble Topographic Map
Guide Book: South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

2/7/2018

This is a short and easy trail, offering unobstructed views of San Jose and the South Bay. It is a good trail to bird watch in a mix of a lot of Chaparral, a little bit of Oak/Manzanita/Bay woodland and some grassland. California Quail, California Thrasher and Wrentits are seen in the Chaparral. Meadowlarks, Fox Sparrows, Western Bluebirds and lots of Scrub Jays are also residents here. Raptors include Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, White-tailed Kite, Cooper's Hawks and occasional passing Eagles, both Golden and Bald. A new popular trail to Mt Umunhum begins here.

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