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Serpentine Trail

Anderson Lake County Park

Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, California

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  • The Serpentine Trailhead just across the bridge.- Serpentine Trail
  • Plenty of water available along the way.- Serpentine Trail
  • Shaded picnic areas in Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • An unmarked portion of the trail.- Serpentine Trail
  • The trail along Coyote Creek.- Serpentine Trail
  • The Serpentine Trail, Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.- Serpentine Trail
  • The Serpentine Trail, Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • The Serpentine Trail, Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • The Serpentine Trail, Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • The Serpentine Trail, Anderson Lake County Park.- Serpentine Trail
  • Near the top.- Serpentine Trail
  • Anderson Reservior.- Serpentine Trail
  • A view of Morgan Hill from the top.- Serpentine Trail
  • Follow this road to the reservior parking lot and more hiking.- Serpentine Trail
  • Anderson Dam boat launch.- Serpentine Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fantastic views of Morgan Hill.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Gabilan + Southern Diablo Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Serpentine Trail takes you on a quick yet worthwhile there-and-back hike to the top of Anderson Dam. The trail is moderately strenuous, with a 200-foot gain in 0.4 miles. The trailhead is located in Anderson Lake County Park just beyond the bridge. From here, follow the paved trail left or right through the picnic areas until you reach an unmarked dirt path. Take this path and follow the trail markers to the top of the hill. The pathway is a combination of dirt and rock that is broken up in some areas, but it is still manageable to hike without climbing. 

Once you've reached the top, enjoy some fantastic views of Morgan Hill and Anderson Reservoir. If you follow the road to the reservoir parking lot, the Lakeview Trailhead has more vista opportunities. Note that all trails and areas in Anderson Lake County Park are dog friendly.

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