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Alum Rock Park, Sierra Vista

 3.5 (15)

10.5 Miles 16.9 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

1,965' 599 m

Ascent

-1,965' -599 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

2,056' 627 m

High

271' 83 m

Low

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Conditions


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Dry History

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Mostly grasslands with cows grazing and great sunset views over valley.

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Dogs No Dogs

Features -none-

Closed Mondays. Closed half hour after sunset.

Overview

Awesome views of the Silicon Valley, San Jose, and SF Bay. On a clear day you can spot San Francisco. Cows grazing won't hurt you. Beautiful sunsets during evening rides.

Can be hot during summer days as there is little shade. Some fairly short steep sections will test you.

Description

Start on Penitencia Creek Trail. Winds along in the trees along the creek. Cross bridge over creek, then cross Penitenci Creek Rd. to Creek Trail, Eagle Rock Trail, and N. Rim Trail. Optional go left on Eagle Rock Trail to lookout with about 200 feet of climbing or stay right on N. Rim Trail.

Left on Todd Quick Trail which is singletrack with 6 switchbacks. This trail ends at a picnic table shaded by tall Eucalyptus trees.

Go through the gate to Baccardo Loop Trail. Steep challenge for about 100 yards. Stay right at intersection. (Talking loop trail to the left is VERY steep.) There will be a short very steep section followed by a level section for a 1/4 mile. Then singletrack with some switchbacks up the grassy hill with cows grazing.

Near top go right on Sierra Vista Trail, next left on Kestra Trail. .25 miles to a parking lot near top of mountain.

Cross Sierra Road for 1.2 mile Aquila Loop Trail. Recommend clockwise direction.

History & Background

Kestral and Aquila Loop Trail along with parking near top of mountain on Sierra Road just opened in August of 2014.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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Sep 18, 2018
Tyler Rosano
Only did the downhill portion of this ride and thought it was pretty fun! Good down hill, very little technical stuff. Lots of people on the weekends. 5mi
Sep 8, 2018
Jay Llanes
5.9mi
Aug 18, 2018
Greg C
The climb up is hot, dry with loose sand and overall brutal. I'm not sure its worth the suffer for the downhill return. Maybe during winter. 10mi — 2h 00m
May 30, 2018
Stephen Benson
May 5, 2018
Julio Naranjo
Apr 15, 2018
Neal Manjeshwar
Super strenuous. lots of climbing. 7mi
Feb 17, 2018
Salman Karbasi
12.5mi
Jan 13, 2018
Sabine Schimpf

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 15 votes

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  3.5 from 15 votes
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Rankings

#223

in California

#1,873

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6,697 Since Nov 19, 2014
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Alum Rock Park (since late 2016) is currently open Mondays. Jan 8, 2017
The park is now open 7 days a week. South rim trail and sycamore switchbacks are temporarily closed due to mud slides and tree falls though.. May 19, 2017

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