Category Archives: Santa Clara County

hikes in parks and open spaces located in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Santa Teresa

A 2.6-mile loop hike at Santa Teresa County Park on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini Trails is well-known as a great spring wildflower hike.  And although I’ve hiked this loop, or part of it, several times, on this particular … Continue reading

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Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Almaden Quicksilver

Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a Santa Clara County Park rich in California history and located in the New Almaden National Historic Landmark District.  The history is mainly related to the mining of quicksilver, or mercury, in the latter part … Continue reading

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park: loop near El Senador Mine

I’ve hiked in Almaden Quicksilver County Park several times before (see here, for example), including hiking a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  There are three main entrances to the park, all in the eastern portion, but this hike … Continue reading

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Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Calero

Calero County Park is the location for one of the seven challenge hikes in the 2018 PixInParks Challenge, an annual program sponsored by Santa Clara County Parks.  Because I knew that the challenge hike was relatively short, about 3 miles, … Continue reading

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Calero County Park – wildflowers along Lisa Killough Trail

Very recently Santa Clara County Parks opened a new section in Calero County Park northwest of Calero Reservoir, referred to as the Rancho San Vicente section of the park.  There is a brand new trailhead with a large parking area … Continue reading

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Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Ed Levin

Tucked away in Milpitas, in the northeastern portion of Santa Clara County, is Ed Levin County Park, a 1500-acre open space that seems much larger than its area suggests.  That may partly be because the park hosts 20 miles of … Continue reading

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Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Mt Madonna

In addition to official, widely-obsered national and state holidays there is a seemingly ever-growing list of unofficial “fun” holidays, one of which is Take a Walk in the Park Day, celebrated on March 30.  Since I regularly take walks or … Continue reading

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