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This is a trail that circles around Mummy Mountain in the grass hills of Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear County Park.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

1,233' 376 m

High

916' 279 m

Low

323' 98 m

Up

296' 90 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Description

The Mendoza Trail start is found from the parking area at the Mendoza Ranch Entrance to Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park on Roop Road. From here take the Access Trail to its trail junction with Coyote Ridge Trail and Mendoza Trail. Go straight here onto Mendoza Trail.

Mendoza Trail begins in the grass hills of Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. It starts off heading southwest, climbing Coyote Ridge gradually. At about the 0.3-mile mark it reaches the ridge top and passes two other trails - Rancho La Polka Trail and Mummy Mountain Trail. Mummy Mountain, a high point on Coyote Ridge is to the right (north).

From here, Mendoza Trail veers right to go around the southern end of Mummy Mountain and begin heading northwest on the western side of Coyote Ridge and Mummy Mountain. Trees are sparse here on the grass-covered western side of Coyote Ridge. Mummy Mountain is to the right, and the trail gradually begins climbing this western side of Mummy Mountain/Coyote Ridge. The trail's high point is reached at the 0.7-mile mark and the trail begins to gradually head down the Mummy Mountain/Coyote Ridge hillside. Expansive views of southern Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance, can be seen to the left (west) for about 1.3 miles on this trail section.

The northern end of Mummy Mountain is reached at about the 1.6 mile mark. Mendoza Trail bends right to circle around it. The trail becomes surrounded by the grass hills and valleys of the park as Palassou Ridge on the far (eastern) side of Coyote Lake come into view, and the Santa Clara Valley/Santa Cruz Mountain views are left behind. The northern end of Mummy Mountain Trail is passed at the 1.7-mile mark.

Almost immediately after passing Mummy Mountain Trail, Mendoza Trail ends at Coyote Ridge Trail in a saddle on Coyote Ridge at the northern end of Mummy Mountain.

Flora & Fauna

Deer roam these grass hills. Wildflowers bloom in the spring.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Photos

Coyote Ridge Trail meanders through a grass meadow with Palassou Ridge in the distance. Palassou Ridge forms the east side of the valley that holds Coyote Lake.
Apr 13, 2018 near San Martin, CA
The hills in April of Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, with the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance, seen from Mummy Mountain Trail.
Apr 15, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Grass hills dotted with oak trees and bushes go on forever along Mendoza Trail.
Apr 15, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Hillside covered in purple smooth vetch, along Mendoza Trail in April.
Apr 15, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Palassou Ridge comes into view as one rounds a wildflower (orange California poppies and purple smooth vetch) covered bend on Mendoza Trail.
Apr 15, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Bird's Eye Gilia along Mummy Mountain Trail.
Apr 15, 2018 near San Martin, CA

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