Apr 15, 2012 · 3:00 PM
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Calero County Park is one of Santa Clara County's most diverse parks. It is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is bounded to the south by Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve.
Trails: Los Cerritos/Pena/Vallencito/Figueros/part of Javelina
Trail Length: 4.2 miles approx
Since I need to leave early, I can give directions to extend this hike for those who prefer to get a little more workout.
Degree of difficulty: Moderate (1000' elevation gain)
Driving Directions to Trailhead: From Central San Jose, take Almaden Expressway south all the way to the end. Turn right onto Harry and then left onto McKean Road (at the next light). The entrance to the park is about four miles down McKean Road after passing the reservoir and the Bailey Avenue junction. From Highway 101 exit on Bailey Avenue and head west until you reach McKean road. Turn left and travel about a half mile to the park entrance on the right. Free parking is on the right near the portable restroom about a quarter mile into the park. There is no potable water on this hike, and there are no restrooms along the way.