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Snell Barn Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of Santa Clara County Parks' "Magnificent 7" hikes.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

Loop

1,563' 477 m

High

1,407' 429 m

Low

228' 70 m

Up

229' 70 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Level trails and abundant wildlife make this loop a treat for kids.

Overview

Take a leisurely hike around Halls Valley with Snell Barn as your central landmark.

Description

Start in the parking lot and take the paved path south to the Snell Trail. Go through the first gate on the left where the dirt trail starts. At the first fork in the path, stay to the right to approach vistas of Snell Barn—the designated landmark for this hike. Continue on the loop around the valley to the Lower San Felipe Trail, Corral Trail, Hotel Trail, and Barn Trail back to the Snell Trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

James Mayled

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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The spring green hills of the Diablo Range are seen across the San Felipe Creek Valley, through a break in the trees along Brush Trail.
Apr 1, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
This trail has a number of beautiful old trees.
Jan 1, 2021 near Alum Rock, CA
Young deer running across the trail mid-day.
Jan 1, 2021 near Alum Rock, CA
Hills of the Diablo Range to the northeast of Snell Trail. San Felipe Creek is in the valley ahead, and Mt Hamilton, 4,265 ft. center right with snow on it, is hidden in clouds.
Mar 28, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Snell Barn is nestled in the Diablo Range hills of Joseph D. Grant County Park. Springtime along (Lower) San Felipe Trail.
Mar 28, 2020 near Alum Rock, CA
Looking back towards the barn.
Jan 1, 2021 near Seven T…, CA

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Nov 22, 2020
Greg Grothaus
Minimally trafficked, great with Covid. Peaceful. Saw quail, deer, wild pigs, and numerous birds. Very easy hike. Mostly exposed: hot in the summer. 4.2mi — 1h 43m
May 21, 2020
Ana Montalbano
Mar 3, 2019
Michelle Kiang
Sep 1, 2018
Steven Johnson
3.7mi