Directions: From Hwy 680, take Mckee Road going east. Turn left on White Road. Turn right on Penitencia Creek Road and follow this road all the way to park entrance. There is a free parking lot just before the entrance kiosk. Keep driving until you get to the second to the last parking lot located in front of the Youth Science Center (almost to the end)
Hike Description: North Rim Trail to Boccardo Trail Open Space
Length: 5.7 miles
Elevation: 1,300 ft
Parking fee: $6.00
Driving Directions to the Trails
We'll begin the hike by accessing the North Rim Trail from the Big Bear Parking lot in the park which is at the far west boundary of the park. We'll then proceed along the north side of the canyon where we'll get a panorama view of the Santa Clara Valley and San Francisco Bay from the Eagle Rock Overlook.
Trails on this hike: North Rim Trail> Todd Quick Trail < Boccardo Trail (loop) < Todd Quick Trail < North Rim Trail
Tips: This really is mountain-lion country, though sightings are extremely rare. Check the sign boards for advice what to do if you encounter one.
Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and munchies to eat.
Almaden Hiking Group is a hiking group organized by people who loves to enjoy the nature, making new friends and getting some exercise. Our primary objective is to explore and enjoy the nature. We will stop to see the wild flowers, waterfalls or have a small snack.
Almaden hiking group is the right match for you if you are in the age group of 40's to 60's. This group is ideal for couples, people who are in a relationship, or people whose partners or spouse doesn't like the outdoors, but we welcome everyone. Most of our hikes are in the range of 4 to 8 miles and moderate difficulty level. Occasionally we will do longer or strenuous hikes. We welcome new members, but since this is a small hiking group, we request you to answer few questions for us to decide if your interest matches with the existing member’s interests. Before joining our group, please read the important informations posted under "Pages" tab. Read the ‘ About Almaden Hiking Group’ and the 'Almaden Hiking Group rules' pages.
Once a quarter we remove inactive and unpaid members and will approve people waiting to be joined.
We collect $10.00/year to cover for the website management cost and other expenses including annual picnic. If you lead at least 4 hikes in a year, or other events, your membership dues will be waived.
Our event organizers are volunteers and not compensated for their time from the funds collected. It is encouraged to show your appreciation to these hike leaders when you attend a hike.