Nob Hill via Toyon Trail
This is a easy loop trail to Nob Hill in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. The hike starts at the end of Prospect Road and can easily be extended along nearby trails. For example, heading out of (or back into) the parking lot you have the choice of taking the Creekside Trail. And along the Coyote Ridge Trail, the Vista Loop and Fern Trails are available for a change of pace.
Nob Hill isn't a particularly interesting destination because there isn't much of a view. But the trail goes by Maisie's Peak which is always worth the short side-spur for the view of Santa Clara Valley.
The trail is open to and popular with bicyclists and equestrians (because the park is adjacent to Garrod Farms). And it's a popular location because it's so close to the valley floor. There's a nice mixture of wooded and open areas. The open areas can get quite warm during warm summer days, so prepare accordingly.
Parking is available at the end of Prospect Road near the Saratoga Golf Course. There's a net over the parking area so you no longer have to worry about stray golf balls causing damage to your car. The parking fills up often on weekends and while there isn't room to park along Prospect near the parking lot, there's space at the junction of Prospect and Rolling Hills Road about a quarter mile away.
Rated 5 out of 10 for children. The trails are excellent for walking but there's enough elevation and distance to challenge kids.
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