Three Lakes via Spikes Peak
10.5 miles     1800 ft
9 Apr 2011
Summary

A pleasant hike over green rolling hills and through three lakes. Plenty of wildflowers in spring.

Location: Pacheco State Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Decent map showing various trails. Mileage information for various sections is missing.

» An Old Official Trail Map: Good map showing various trails.

Route

Route in brief: Spikes Peak Road → South Boundary Trail → Canyon Loop Trail → Dinosaur Lake Trail

Notes: In April 2011, South Boundary Loop Trail was not in great shape. Grass had overgrown for several large section to the extent that we could not see the trail any more. Twice, we had to walk on hills to search for the continuation of the trail. Two to three signposts were missing or broken. We never felt lost because the 'Southern Park Fence' was clearly visible from afar. See EveryTrail link for this trip.

Trailhead

Location: 38787 Dinosaur Point Road, Hollister, CA . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From Highway 101 in Gilroy, exit on Highway 152 and travel 24 miles east. Turn right (south) on Dinosaur Point Road and proceed 0.4 mile to the entrance for Pacheco State Park. Follow the park's short gravel road to a parking area and main trailhead.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $5 per vehicle (last visited: April 2011)

Capacity: Over 20 cars may be parked here

Latitude: 37.065032     Longitude: -121.211482

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