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Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

  • 11th & P Parking Lot

    P St & 11th St, Sacramento, CA (map)

    38.573307 -121.494995

  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/moderate
    DISTANCE: 7 to 10 miles (Up to 14.2 miles total) 
    ELEVATION: Up to 1,200 feet gain
    HIKING TIME: 3 to 4 hours

    BASIC ESSENTIALS: Sun protection gear, water, snacks, a small lunch, and a sweater/or windbreaker in case of morning fog.

    DRIVING TIME FROM CARPOOL LOCATION: 2 hours (4 hours roundtrip)

    PARKING: Free 

    DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: From 11th and P Street in Downtown Sacramento;

    1. Take BUS 80/US 50 West Capital FWY toward San Francisco,

    2. Then take Exit 40 for I-680 toward Benicia/San Jose,

    3. Then take Exit 8 for Calaveras BLVD/CA-237,

    4. Then keep left to take Calaveras BLVD E/I-680 South ramp,

    5. Then keep right to take Calaveras BLVD ramp,

    6. Then merge onto East Calaveras BLVD,

    7. Then stay on E Calaveras BLVD which becomes Calaveras Rd,

    8. Then stay straight to go onto Felter Rd,

    9. Then Felter Rd becomes Sierra Rd,

    10. Then about 1 mile before the "5341 Sierra RD, San Jose, CA 95132" address; stay on Sierra Rd and look for a parking lot to your right, which holds up to 36 vehicles, and will be our destination at the Kestrel Trailhead.

    Please note: The official address for Sierra Vista Open Space Preseve is "6980 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose, CA 95119", but I am using address "5341 Sierra Rd, San Jose, CA 95132" since its near the medien size parking lot and Kestrel Trailhead on Sierra Road. 

    HIKING DESCRIPTION: I will choose 7 to 10 miles total out of 14.2 miles from the following link,

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