Circle Corral and Bass Lake Loop Joseph D Grant County Park

Campbell, California

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Open meadows, meandering creeks, a historic corral, and a small lake lie along this loop through cattle country in the scenic Halls Valley. The Halls Valley looks a lot like neighboring Santa Clara Valley did before the dawn of the silicon age. Not as untouched as when the Ohlone Indians worked the woodlands, harvesting oaks for acorns and hunting for game, but the legacy of its days as a rancho lingers. Tangible evidence of the park’s agricultural heritage include the ranch roads upon which many of the trails lie, the cattle that continue to graze in some areas as part of a resource management program, and the Circle Corral, its fence boards silvered by the sun and stained green and white with lichen.
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by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)

Open meadows, meandering creeks, a historic corral, and a small lake lie along this loop through cattle country in the scenic Halls Valley. The Halls Valley looks a lot like neighboring Santa Clara Valley did before the dawn of the silicon age. Not as untouched as when the Ohlone Indians worked the woodlands, harvesting oaks for acorns and hunting for game, but the legacy of its days as a rancho lingers. Tangible evidence of the park’s agricultural heritage include the ranch roads upon which many of the trails lie, the cattle that continue to graze in some areas as part of a resource management program, and the Circle Corral, its fence boards silvered by the sun and stained green and white with lichen.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Campbell
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Joseph D. Grant County Park
Local Maps: USGS Lick Observatory
Driving Directions: Directions to Circle Corral and Bass Lake Loop (Joseph D. Grant County Park)

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May 2018