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Joice Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 593' 181 m
Descent: -122' -37 m
High: 816' 249 m
Low: 223' 68 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Joan Pendleton

A trail into the Santa Teresa Hills from south San Jose neighborhoods.

Joan Pendleton

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Description

Joice Trail starts from the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch that is at a Santa Teresa County Park entrance in south San Jose.

From its trailhead, for its first mile, this trail climbs relentlessly in the grass-covered Santa Teresa Hills. As the trail climbs, views of suburban south San Jose can be seen, with the views expanding to the entire San Francisco Bay Area as altitude is gained.

The Joice Trail reaches its summit a mile from the trailhead. At this point, views of all of Santa Teresa Park, rural Almaden Valley, and the Santa Cruz Mountiains, emerge ahead, to the southeast. Additionally, Vista Loop Trail, a short 0.7-mile viewpoint loop, can be taken from here.

From its high point, the Joice Trail then descends rather steeply for about 0.1 miles, to end at an intersection with the Bernal Hill Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Grass hills.

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Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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May 11, 2019
Laura Golubeva
Hot! 2.4mi
Jan 27, 2019
Michelle Kiang
Dec 22, 2018
Lisa Incata
while there is no scrambling the hill is steep at first and continuous- great views of the city
Mar 16, 2017
Joan Pendleton

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While in Santa Teresa County Park, be sure to check out the restored old Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch House.
Mar 18, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Grass hills and California poppies adorn the Joice Trail.
Mar 17, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Some sort of old ranch wagon (no descriptive plaque yet...) awaits inside one of the old structures.
Mar 18, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
The old ranch barn still stands as a window into the area's past.
Mar 18, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Old ranch machinery stands outside the historic ranch house and grounds.
Mar 18, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
High on Bernal Hill Trail in the grass-covered Santa Teresa Hills, enjoy a verdant landscape as you travel along a smooth trail.
Mar 17, 2017 near Almaden…, CA

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