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Canada de Pala/Pala Seca Trails – Healthy Trail (Moderate)

 

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Length: 9.13 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Halfday
 
 
Attributes:
  • Trail Hiking

Overview

This trip is designated as a "Healthy Trail" by the Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation.

 
Trail Info & Highlights
• Sweeping 360° views of open grasslands, valleys, oak-studded hills,seasonal creeks.
• Portable toilets at trailhead; benches along trail.
• Multiple inclines and declines, with 25% shade cover.
• Great wildlife watching for deer, pigs, eagles and hawks.
• Interesting rock formations; historic Pala Seca Cabin.
• Cattle utilized for land management; please leave gates as you find themand heed posted signs.
 
Trail Directions
• From Twin Gates parking lot, proceed 2.2 miles across ridge top to Pala Seca Trail.
• Turn right and proceed 1.3 miles to Antler Point/Canada De Pala Trail junction.
• Turn left on Canada de Pala Trail and 5.0 miles back to Twin Gates trailhead.
• Alternate extention: a short detour on Antler Point Trail (Pala Seca/Canada de Pala/Antler Point intersection) provides spectacular views of the area before returning to trailhead.
 
Joseph D. Grant County Park
• Largest of Santa Clara County’s regional park system, nearly 10,000 acres with rich diversity of natural, cultural, historic and recreational assets.
• Offers 40 miles of hiking, biking, equestrian trails.
• Family, group and equestrian camp sites, historic ranch buildings and rose garden.
 

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