Category Archives: Santa Clara County

hikes in parks and open spaces located in Santa Clara County

Uvas Canyon County Park: Waterfalls and Ferns

Uvas Canyon County Park, a Santa Clara County Park, has a well-deserved reputation for its waterfalls.  Recently I made my first visit to the park, several days after a series of rain storms, figuring that the waterfalls would be more … Continue reading

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Los Gatos Creek Trail from Vasona Dam to Lexington Reservoir

Since the Los Gatos Creek Trail is a paved pedestrian and bicycle path for most of its 10-mile length, this hike felt more like a walk:  I wore running shoes and used the pedometer I don’t carry on wilderness hikes.  … Continue reading

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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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