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Skyline Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.6 (5)

A ridgetop hike along the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains.


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Map Key

6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

Point to Point

3,091' 942 m

High

2,636' 804 m

Low

705' 215 m

Up

919' 280 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

From Hwy 35 at Black Rd. proceed north on Hwy 35. On the right-hand side of the road will be parking at Sunnyvale Mountain. The trailhead is on the northern side of the parking lot.

The main trail is a combination of old logging road and singletrack. Follow the ridgetop as the trail winds among various hills and dales. Here, you'll encounter some climbing, but mostly a very nice beginner trail. Some of the climbing can be a bit much for weaker hikers, but it's all walkable and certainly not too long.

Skyline makes for a very nice out and back, hiking from parking lot to parking lot. Most of the time you feel quite far away from the highway, deep in the trees.

For its duration, you'll experience gorgeous views of the Santa Clara Valley and sandstone rock formations.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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oscar sanz

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  3.6 from 5 votes

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Dec 18, 2019
Mike Clough
Sep 7, 2019
Suchon Bianchad
Dry, lots of poison oak, foggy, and cold. — 10h 30m
May 13, 2019
Mary B
Jul 6, 2018
Mary Valkenaar
With Doug 6.6mi
Dec 2, 2017
The Stig
Sep 9, 2017
Skip Skip
Aug 21, 2016
Blaise Margherito
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