For those not planning on joining Edmond at Half Moon Bay hike, I am planning this hike for this dry weekend. This is another hidden park in the South County (on the West foothills, between San Jose and Morgan Hill). Likely to see horses, as this is a popular equestrian park.
We have several options with length; I am planning 10.5 miles; looks like elevation gain in the 1,000-2,000 range (not like the painful 3,500+ last week at Uvas Canyon).
Let's gather at 10:00AM and trek out at 10:30AM. Meet up at the East parking Lot (nearest the Ranger Station) and the Corral (NOT the at the Boat Launch).
Calero County Park
23205 McKean Rd.
San Jose, CA 95120
The back country offers 18.6 miles of trails available to hikers and equestrians.
The park entrance/trail head are located off McKean Road. Traveling from Central San Jose, take Almaden Expressway south to Harry Road. Turn right onto Harry Road, then left onto McKean Road. The reservoir is on the right, about three miles south of Harry Road. Traveling to the park on southbound Highway 101, use the Bernal Road exit in San Jose and turn right. Turn left onto Santa Teresa Boulevard, and right onto Bailey Road. Traveling on northbound Highway 101, take the Cochrane Road exit west in Morgan Hill, turn right onto Monterey Highway, then left onto Bailey Road and right on McKean Road. To reach the park entrance, follow the directions above. Continue south on McKean Road, past the reservoir,1.5 miles to the park entrance.
One of Santa Clara County's most diverse regional park and recreation areas. Once part of the Pueblo lands of San Jose, and Rancho San Vincente land grant, this 3,493-acre park is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Two distinct areas define this park: the reservoir, which offers a host of water-oriented recreational activities, and the adjoining "back country" which reveals to the visitor California Oak woodland, chapparal riparian plant communities and associated wildlife habitats. In addition, the park offers breathtaking views of southern Santa Clara County and the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountain Range.
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