ElevationAscent: 55' 17 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 987' 301 m
Low: 617' 188 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“Trail through the oak-studded grass hills and wooded seasonal creek valleys of the western side of Coyote Ridge.”— Joan Pendleton
Starting from Coyote Ridge Trail at a saddle on Coyote Ridge, Gaviota Trail immediately heads through the grasslands to the western side of Coyote Ridge. To the left along this section, there is an impressive view of Mummy Mountain across a grass valley for the first 0.3 miles.
At the 0.3 mile mark, having reached the western side of Coyote Ridge, Gaviota Trail turns right and heads northwest on the ridge side. From here, the trail continuously descends gradually, as it winds along the ridge side. Rural southern Santa Clara can be seen below to the southwest. To the northeast are the pristine grass hills of the park with Coyote Ridge rising to its crest. The trail crosses grasslands and wooded seasonal creek areas as it makes its way northwest.
Blue Oak Trail and the last wooded seasonal creek are passed at the 1.5 mile mark. From here, Gaviota Trail runs through the wide open, unshaded grasslands of the western side of the park and Coyote Ridge to its end at Rancho San Ysidro Trail after a total of 2.2 miles.
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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks