Welcome Hiking Students!



Hello Hiking Students!

If you are willing to carpool or need a ride, you can contact me ndequin@gavilan.edu and I will help coordinate!


For those of you who like to take photos and do so on the trails, email them to me and we will post them on the webpage.

Friday we will meet in the Gym (8/29)

Photos below are from Carlos, a student who took hiking last fall! Thank you Carlos!


Friday Sept. 5th - Meet at Mendoza Ranch (part of Harvey Bear Ranch -near Coyote Lake). Class begins at 8:10AM.

Coyote Lake - Mendoza Ranch Entrance - Directions: From Gavilan College - Take 101 North to the Leavesly Road Exit (go East {right}). Take Leavesly Road (2 miles) to New Ave. Make a left on New Ave (north) for .5 of a mile. Make a right on Roop Road and continue east for 3 miles up into the foothills. Make a left into the Park entrance. If you have gone to the Coyote Lake entrance you have gone to far!


There is not a lot of shaded areas on these trails.You may want a hat!

Approximate milage: 7.5









mt maddonna


Friday September 13th

Mount Maddonna County Park


We will meet at the sprig lake recreation area. Our hike begins at the Sprig trailhead.


Directions: From Gavilan, go North on Santa Teresa Blvd. Left on HWY 152/1st st. Follow to the Sprig Recreation area, it will be on your right hand side. DO NOT go up into the park


September 20th:

Uvas Canyon County Park

Driving Directions: From Gavilan College- head north on Santa Teresa Blvd (Toward 1st Street/Hecker Pass Hwy about 3.8 miles). Make a left on Hecker Pass Hwy/ CA 152 (2.8 miles), make a right on Watsonville Rd (3.6 miles). Left on Uvas Rd (5.9 miles) and a left on Croy Rd (4.4 miles).  End 5815 Croy Rd. Follow up Croy road through the Swedish Community of Sveadal. The park entrance is just past the Community. There is a vehicle use fee. Meet in the parking area near the trail map at 8:10.


Trails: Alec Canyon and back to Contour. Over the creek to waterfall loop and back to the parking area.


uvas canyon

Sept. 27th

Rancho Canada Del Oro - Directions from Gavilan College- take Santa Teresa Blvd North (3.6 miles). Left on Hwy 152 (towards Watsonville, 2.8 miles), Right on Watsonville Rd (3.6 miles), Left onto Uvas Rd. (9.7 miles) and Left onto Casa Loma Rd.(1.7 miles) The road is partially restricted, parking will be on the left.

Approximate milage depending on trails: 4.5-5.5

Trails hiked: Serpentine loop trail to catamount trail. Bald Peaks to Longwall canyon trail and back.


Parking Lot- Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

October 4th - Do to the shut down of national parks we will be at Calero County Park this week!

Take highway 101 north to Bailey Ave. Left on Bailey. Follow to McKean rd. Left on Mckean, right into the park(same entrance as the equestrian center). Staging area is on the right.






Calero County Park

OCT 11th -


Harvey Bear Ranch

Directions: From Gavilan College, take 101 North to San Martin Ave. Right on San

Martin Ave (2 miles). The Ranch entrance is on the left hand side before Foothill Ave.

Notice in the picture below the trail marker we have discussed in class. In the middle of the marker is the name of the trail you are on. The top is the next trail junction and at the bottom is the milage.

Remember to dress in layers as we have discussed in class also. The weather is changing, it is cool in the early mornings but heats up quickly. Remember you do not want to over dress!

Trails: Today we are hiking the Harvey Bear Trail, all the way to the Dam. We will come back to Coyote Ridge trail and down Willow springs trail.

Harvey Bear

October 18th - Santa Teresa County Park.

Driving Directions: Take 101 North to Bailey Ave (approx. 20 miles). Make a left on Bailey (3.4 miles) follow to McKean Rd. At McKean make a right, and follow past the resevior (2.9 miles). Make a right on Fortini Rd and follow till the "T" in the road, turn left (San Vicente). You will see  a small parking area on the right hand side. If you miss Fortini Road you will end up at Harry Rd, make a "u" turn and come back to Fortini (approx -1.3 miles) and make a Left.

We will start at the Stile Ranch Trail.


santa teresa



Oct- 25th - Almaden Quicksilver County Park (Hacienda Entrance- see map).


almaden quicksilver

Directions from Gavilan College- Take 101 North to Baily. Left on Baily (past IBM) to McKean Road (See directions above from Santa Teresa County Park). Right on McKean. Follow all the way to the end (Harry Rd.), make a left. Harry turns into McKean. Make a left on Almaden Rd. Follow out to New Almaden and the park entrance will be on the right hand side. For alternate directions see the park website.

Nov 1 -

Pinnacles - There is a day use fee. Pay as you enter the park.

Remember to bring a flashlight, it is dark through the caves! Also, drink pleanty of water leading up to Friday's hike and bring water with you. The weather is forecasted at 89 degrees that day. It has been hot in our area the last few days so stay hydrated!


A visitor in one of the talus caves at Pinnacles. Photo by John Dittli


Driving Directions: From Gavilan College - take Santa Teresa Blvd South(.4 miles). Make a left at Castro Valley Rd (.5 miles). Right onto 101 South( .3 miles) and merge onto CA 25 (Hollister Exit). Left onto CA25- Hollister/Pinnacles National Monument (approx. 41 miles). Look for the sign, slight right on CA 146 ( approx. 4.5 miles).

Turn into the Campground/Visitors center on the left when you enter the park. You can buy your day use permit there. Then you will follow HWY 146 out to the Old Pinnacles Bear Gulch day use parking.

The hike is somewhat strenuous depending on which trails you take. We could hike up to 7 miles! Some of it is shaded some of it is open. Bring a hat if you wish.

Nov 8th - Nisine Marks State Park-


The forest of Nisine marks Aptos Creek Road is off Soquel and State park Drive.

From Gavilan take Santa Teresa North. Make a left at 1st st or CA 152/Hecker Pass Rd.

Once in watsonville make a rt on Holohan Rd. Continue to Airport BLVD. Slight right onto Larkin Valley rd. Take State Route 1 N ramp.

From HWY 1 take Rio Del Mar Blvd. Keep right at the fork, follow the signs to Aptos and merge onto Rio Del Mar. Turn left onto Soquel (If you are on S Polo Dr. & reach Lyon-you went too far). Turn right onto Aptos Creek Rd,(.1 miles past Trout Gulch Rd. Britannia Arms is on the right Spreckles Dr. is too far). Continue down the road into the park. There is a day use fee. Park at the Porter Family Picnic Area.

mt maddonna

November 15 - Mount Maddonna County Park - See directions above.


November 22: Pinnacles National Monument






November 29th: Thanksgiving weekend. No class! turkey
Dec 6th -Out of class assignment. Click on the following link for your assignment. You can email it to me or turn it in on December 13th.Hiking Assignment  

December-13th Henry Coe State Park - there is a day use fee or $8.00Vista1

henry coe

Directions from Gavilan College-Take 101 North (13-miles east of Morgan Hill on East Dunne Avenue). From Highway 101 in Morgan Hill (1/2 hour south of San Jose), take the East Dunne Avenue exit and go east past Anderson Lake to the end of the county road to the park headquarters. The road to the park beyond Anderson Lake is 10 miles of narrow winding road. The trip will take about 30 minutes.
December 20th -Final hike: We will meet at Mendoza Ranch for a short hike and the final.

mendoza ranch



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