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Calero County Park

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 8:30 AM
  • Calero County Park

LENGTH - APPROX 8 MILES

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE

Please join us for a fabulous hike at Calero County Park. 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.

Hike Description: On this hike we will pass through oak woodland, grasslands, canyons and chaparral riparian plant communities, including Llagas Creek, the headwaters for the Pajaro River. Near the parking area is a pasture which the horses share with wild turkeys in the morning at feeding time. Our route will take us by the Calero Bat Inn, past several ponds in which we may see water birds, and along the shore of Calero Reservoir in which we will probably see a number of birds. There are several moderate ascents on this hike which is about eight miles long and.should take about three hours to complete

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.

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  • Dawn

    Anybody get any pictures of the coyotes?

    February 1, 2013

    • Kitty

      Look at picture 80 and 81, I got one but it's too far. I tried to please.

      February 2, 2013

  • becky

    Great park for hiking in winter, spring and fall... Wonderful group of people.

    January 28, 2013

  • jane b.

    Thanks, Dawn, for your leadership, this great hike, and this terrific group. What a wonderful hike we had with such an array of conditions and spectacular vistas!

    January 26, 2013

  • Barb H.

    Beautiful park...little muddy today because of the rain, but it gave us some laughable moments.

    January 26, 2013

  • Anne N

    It's a nice place to hike. Muddy but nice.

    January 26, 2013

  • Michel A.

    Muddy trail but a really fun hike and nice people

    January 26, 2013

  • Frank

    Nice place.

    January 26, 2013

  • Dawn

    Please update your RSVP today if you can't attend. Unfortunately, we won't be able to accommodate all who want to come on this hike unless several who have already RSVP'd can't attend. Also, please update your +1s if your guest can't make it.

    January 24, 2013

  • Michel A.

    I'll be driving from Mountain View and have 3 spaces in the car. You are welcome to carpool.

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume that the description stating March 10 was for last year's hike, am I correct? This hike will be on Saturday, January 26, right?

    January 12, 2013

    • Dawn

      Yes Ken. Thanks for being on top of my copy & paste efforts!

      January 12, 2013

  • Yvonne Z.

    +1

    January 12, 2013

  • Monica

    Sorry! Out of town.

    January 12, 2013

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