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Nutmeg Trail

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A solitary hike through oak forests that provide glimpses of the Santa Cruz Mountains.


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0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

2,427' 740 m

High

2,108' 643 m

Low

2' 1 m

Up

320' 98 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views

Long Ridge Open Space Preserve is open from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after official sunset.

Need to Know

There are no services along this trail, so make sure you have plenty of water and snacks for your hike.

Description

The Nutmeg Trail departs from the Skyline to the Sea Trail roughly 0.3 miles from the parking area along Highway 9. The trail begins a gradual descent through an oak forest that offers obscured views of the mountains to the north. The width of the trail varies between a wide dirt trail to a narrow dirt track.

This is due to the trail being not heavily traveled and Mother Nature taking back the old trail. About a quarter mile into the hike, the Red Mountain Trail breaks off to the left and climbs uphill while the Nutmeg Trail continues it descent into the preserve.

Keep your eyes open, as you may notice an old car or other things left behind from the previous owners of the land. As the trail levels off, it comes to the park boundary. From here, the only option you have is to turn around and retrace your steps back uphill.

Flora & Fauna

You'll encounter plants and animals found in oak forests. Oak trees provide shade during the hike. Ferns can be seen along the side of the trail. Deer and turkeys may be seen depending on the time of day that you are hiking. Mountain Lion warnings are posted throughout the preserve.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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Views of the surrounding mountains peak through the trees as you travel the Nutmeg Trail.
Nov 11, 2020 near Saratoga, CA

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