Route in brief: Start at Twin Gates trailhead, which ie about 3.3 miles away from main park entrance on Mt Hamilton Rd (see trail map for its location). Then follow Bonhoff Trail (0.9 miles) → Foothill Trail (1.1 miles) → Hotel Trail (1.2 + 0.5 miles) → Corral Trail (0.1 + 0.4 miles) → San Felipe Trail (0.7 + 0.4) → paved road (0.5 miles) → Loop Trail (0.3 miles) to Mt Hamilton Rd. Cross the road over to Yerba Buena Trail (2.2 miles) → Cañada de Pala Trail (0.5 miles).
Notes: By adding a side trip to Manzanita Trail, the hike becomes longer by 3 miles.
Take Highway 101 or Highway 680 to Alum Rock Ave going east. Turn right into Mt Hamilton Rd and drive eight miles to reach the park. Continue for an additional 3.3 miles to reach the Twin Gates Trailhead shown in the trail map.