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Schilling Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 36' 11 m
Descent: -114' -35 m
High: 956' 291 m
Low: 878' 268 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Benjamin Lefaudeux

An easy hike through the hillside that ends up in the redwoods, making a nice family hike.

Benjamin Lefaudeux

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy hike to a lake.

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Description

Leaving the parking lot, you'll see a private road to your right. The trail starts to its left, marked by a couple of information posts. After a moderately steep series of 180 turns, the trail becomes mostly flat.
After 0.6 mile on the hillside with some view to your left, notably Stanford and the Dish, you'll cross another private road to your right (take the left), and go down to the redwoods and Schilling Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly dry landscape in the beginning, typical of the Santa Cruz mountains. The trail goes slightly down over time, and ends up in very different atmosphere, more chill and wet around a little lake, perfect for redwoods.

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Schilling Lake is down below, behind the trees, end of the hike.
Nov 15, 2019 near Portola…, CA
Beginning of the trail, dense forest typical for the area.
Nov 15, 2019 near Portola…, CA
The trail is easy to walk, not always that wide but fairly flat. Fall is a nice time of the year for kids.
Nov 15, 2019 near Portola…, CA

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