It's not often we venture into the peninsula.
You humans know Cupertino as Apple's headquarters and as a dense suburb, but there are trails here, too, which is far more interesting for me.
It's not often mom finds a trail she won't repeat, since just being outside is pretty great, but I don't think she was a fan of this trail, except for the distance, so I'm not sure she's willing to come back here. If you live near the area it's a convenient weekend trail to get the miles in.
This is a 6.3 mile loop. Mom usually prefers to start off hikes with an ascent since she usually needs to warm up and generally has more energy to burn.
Toni Look Trail > Coyote Trail
Technically this park is leash only. Mom kept the leash ready, in case. Notice all the hoof prints? There was a lot of fresh horse poop, which I LOVE, so Mom leashed me the more frequently she saw fresh piles, since usually that's an indication there's a horse nearby.
I always have to wait for her...sigh...
That's my happy face.
It wasn't until we hit Vista Loop trail that we came across A LOT of horses. In fact, we got stopped in traffic! We had to let this group pass, and then move out of the way for a group behind us to pass too.
Lookout Trail marks the half way point - and no horses!
This is still a leash only trail.
And it's mostly covered - whew!
But because the trails become single track and are all switchbacks with decline, mom took me off leash. Plus, I was already worn out from the first half of the trail and stayed close.
The temperature drops considerably in the shade.
The trail eventually follows the edge of Stevens Creek Reservoir, which was completely dry.