Although I live near Santa Cruz, most of the cyclists I’ve met and know in this area live or ride on San Francisco Peninsula Roads. Now that I work in Santa Clara, I have opportunity to explore South Bay roads. Last night I ventured even further south to Morgan Hill so I can try the Coyote Creek Trail for the first time.
The Coyote Creek Trail connects Morgan Hill to Hellyer Park and South San Jose with a 20 mile (mostly) paved multi-use path that meanders along Coyote Creek and several county parks, fishing lakes, and open space. Lots and lots of open space. Because the path is fairly isolated, other trail users are few and far between much beyond the trailheads.
I made the mistake of starting in Morgan Hill and riding north in the evening. The locals know a stiff wind blows out of the north with nothing but some scraggly trees to block the wind, and I struggled to keep my speed above 15 MPH. Next time I go into Morgan Hill, I’ll bike south and continue to Gilroy or Watsonville or something, or maybe take a train or bus back to San Jose.
The meanderings seem pleasant for recreating, but for A to B travel the serpentine routing detracts from the otherwise excellent features of this trail. Where the Coyote Creek Trail comes parallel to Monterey Highway at Metcalf Road, I bailed off of the trail and onto the straight road for the rest of my ride into San Jose.
The road routes between Morgan Hill and San Jose seem to be Monterey Highway and Santa Teresa / Hale. Which is these is better for cycling on?
Strava ride log of last night’s ride.