- Location: Coyote Peak, Santa Teresa County Park, California
- Distance: 3.5 miles (loop)
- Ascent: 600 feet
- Difficulty: Medium
I’ve started thinking about climbing Mt. Shasta again, and with that in mind, decided to climb every peak (and “peak” as some are piddly) in the Bay Area as training. There are a lot of amazing climbs to be had here (Mt. Tam! Mt. Diablo!) but I decided to start small with Coyote Peak, located close to my home in Santa Teresa County Park, San Jose, California.
And what a time to do this hike! We’re in the tail-end of springtime weather here in California, and the mountains are covered in wildflowers.
I took my dog with me, which slowed me down (she’s a spry fourteen years old!) so I didn’t get to do the full five mile hike I was planning. I started at the Pueblo Day Use area, climbed the nicely ascending Rocky Ridge trail to the peak, and then descended via the steep, short Hidden Spring trail rather than the Ohlone trail like I hoped.
(Spot the poor tired puppy trying to keep up.)
Simply gorgeous views of green rolling hills at the top. Too bad it won’t stay this way for long.
Love this hike, though it won’t be as wonderful in a couple of weeks when summer temps kick in, and all this lovely green grass and wildflowers go away. If you have a chance to do so, highly recommend this hike in spring!