This plaque by the Clampers (see the link on the left) and the old farm
house are at the Harvey Bear Ranch Staging Area.
On the way towards the hill trails, this is a view looking towards the
paved Martin Murphy Trail. This is a 2-mile wheelchair-accessible trail.
Oak tree up on the hill above the Willow Springs Trail.
Equestrians are coming down the Willow Springs Trail. The Harvey Bear
Trail branches off to the left.
This is a view looking back down the Willow Springs Trail towards the
Looking downhill from farther up the Willow Springs Trail.
Hikers on the Willow Springs Trail.
View from the Townsprings Trail, looking towards the big open field in
the center of the Martin Murphy Trail loop.
As seen from the end of the Townsprings Trail, the Willow Springs Trail
climbs up the hill, where it joins the Coyote Ridge Trail at the summit
of the hill. The Coyote Ridge Trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail
and runs north to south along the spine of the park.
As seen from the willow Springs Trail, the ridge reaches 1374 feet on
Mummy Mountain, seen in the distance on the right. The Mummy Mountain
Trail runs over the top of the ridge.
Here, the Rancho San Ysidro branches off to the right from the Willow
This is a view looking west down the Rancho San Ysidro Trail. In the
distance, the Savannah Trail winds its way nearly level along the hills
to the left.
In the distance, the Willow Springs Trail runs along the hill on the
right, as seen from near the junction of the Rancho San Ysidro Trail
and Savannah Trail.
From the start of the Savannah Trail, this is a view looking back up
the Rancho San Ysidro Trail and the Willow Springs Trail.
From a low saddle on the Savannah Trail, the Rancho San Ysidro Trail
can be seen winding along the hillside, then dropping down into a
valley, where it climbs up to join the Savannah Trail. This trail will
be taken on the return trip.
As seen from the Savannah Trail, the trees and hills frame El Toro
Mountain in Morgan Hill.
As the Savannah Trail comes around a bend, the broad flat fields around
Harvey Bear Ranch buildings can be seen.
A telephoto view shows El Toro Mountain on the left, Coyote Peak in
Santa Teresa Park on the right, the Harvey Bear Ranch buildings in the
Zoom-in view of the Harvey Bear Ranch buildings.
Zoom-in view of El Toro Mountain, with Mt. Umunhum in the Sierra Azul
Range to the left of it. El Toro Mountain is mostly private property,
though the Santa Clara County Open Space District recently purchased
some land on it.
Looking south across the fields of Gilroy to San Benito County to
Looking south, in the distance is Coyote Ridge, above Anderson
Reservoir. At the bottom is the paved Martin Murphy Trail.
This is the San Martin Airport.
This bench below an ancient oak tree is a welcome rest spot along the
mostly shadeless Savannah Trail.
This private ranch is just outside the park boundaries.
Below the hill is the Savannah Trail as it runs along the valley floor
and crosses over New Creek on a wooden bridge. It then begins to ascend
the hill on the other side.
Looking up the canyon of New Creek.
Looking down the lower part of the New Creek.
The trail crosses over the wooden bridge over New Creek.
The trail ascends the hill after New Creek.
The Savannah Trail ascends the hill above the north fork of Church
Looking up the canyon of the north fork of Church Creek, the Rancho San
Ysidro Trail and new Gaviota Trail cut across the hills in the distance.
The Savannah Trail ends at the Rancho San Ysidro Trail, which runs back
north along the hillside. This is the return trip.
This is the road not taken: the Rancho San Ysidro Trail heading south
towards the junction of the Gaviota Trail, which leads off to the
right. The Rancho San Ysidro Trail heads uphill to the left to join the
Coyote Ridge Trail.
This is a view of the Gaviota Trail from the Rancho San Ysidro
Trail-Savannah Trail junction. The Gaviota Trail runs along the
hillside and ends at the north end of Mummy Mountain, which can be seen
to the left of center.
The Rancho San Ysidro Trail runs through a broad flat valley cut
through by the south fork of New Creek.
This tree is at the confluence of the north and south forks of New
The Rancho San Ysidro Trail runs up along the north fork of New Creek.
It crosses the creek, then heads up the valley on the left to the start
of the Savannah Trail.
Before sunset, this is a final view along the hills from the Rancho San
Ysidro Trail near the Savannah Trail junction.
I hurried back to the trailhead and made it out as the ranger was about
to close up the parking lot.
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the side. For copies of these and other pictures, contact Ron Horii