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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Coyote Lake–Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

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4.9 mile 7.9 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 513' 156 m
Descent: -370' -113 m
High: 1,189' 362 m
Low: 919' 280 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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A level trail with views of Coyote Reservoir and Santa Clara Valley.

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Description

After a short connector trail, this route heads south on a relatively level trail high up in the hills with splendid views of Coyote Lake, the surrounding foothills, the Santa Clara Valley, and the Coast Range. This hike or ride can be combined with a picnic or camping next to Coyote Lake. The trail is mostly in sun, so plan the trip in cooler weather or early in the day.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Coyote Lake and the hills east of the lake are seen from high on Coyote Ridge Trail.
Apr 7, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Rural southern Santa Clara Valley stretches as far as the eye can see, to the south, as seen from Coyote Ridge Trail. The Santa Cruz Mountains rise in the distance on the right.
Apr 7, 2018 near San Martin, CA
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
Ithuriel's Spear along Coyote Ridge Trail
Apr 14, 2018 near San Martin, CA
Coyote Lake comes into view at the high point of Willow Springs Trail.
Apr 8, 2018 near San Martin, CA
A hawk(?) sores above the springtime grass hills dotted with bright yellow mustard, along Harvey Bear Trail.
Apr 8, 2018 near San Martin, CA

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