» Official Trail Map: Good for trails near Park HQ. Other trails are not shown in this map.
» Official Trail MAp: Shows all parts of the park. Mileage and contour information missing.
» Redwood Hikes Map: Bay Area Trail Map: Saratoga to Big Basin, First edition, 2010. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring many parks in this area. Highly recommended for avid hikers.
To Michael's Summit (2.2 miles): From the pullout along Hwy 9, find a way to climb down and follow Saratoga Toll Road (0.1 miles) going north, until it reaches an intersection with a connector trail from the left. Continue along Saratog Toll Road (0.1 miles) to reach an wide gate on the right. Turn right and follow Kings Creek Canyon Trail (0.2 miles) to an intersection with an unnamed trail that goes parallel to San Lorenzo River. Continue along Kings Creek Canyon Trail (0.2 miles) → turn right on Michael's Summit Loop Trail (1.6 miles) to reach Michael's Summit.
To pullout along Hway 9 (2.9 miles): From Michael's Summit, continue along Michael's Summit Loop Trail (0.6 miles) to reach Kings Creek Canyon Trail, a wide fire road. Turn left on Kings Creek Canyon Trail (1.7 miles) to return to the junction with Michael's Summit Loop Trail. Continue along Kings Creek Canyon Trail (0.2 miles) to an interection with a trail on the right that goes parallel to San Lorenzo River. Continue along Kings Creek Canyon Trail (0.4 miles) to return to the pullout along Hwy 9.
River crossing: Early in the hike, Kings Creek Truck Trail has to cross San Lorenzo River. There is no bridge at this crossing. In Dec 2012, the river was passable after rains. Water was swift but only about 10 inches deep.
Experience: Michael's Summit Loop Trail is an awesome, shaded trail going through plenty of redwood trees. Kings Creek Truck Trail is a wide fire road which is exposed at many points. The summit has lots of trees, so clear panoramic views are not available. But there are a couple of benches cut out of large trees, which offer a good point to take a break and enjoy a quick snack.
Clockwise or anti-clockwise: The junction in the east between Kings Creek Truck Trail and Michael's Summit Loop Trail was unmarked. When climbing up King Creek Trail, it is possible to miss Michael's Summit Loop Trail. However, if you climb up Michael's Summit Loop Trail (a single track hiking trail), it is quite obvious that you have reached Kings Creek Truck Trail (a wide fire road). So it is best to follow the loop in anti-clockwise direction.