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Alum Rock Park, Sierra Vista

 
 8 votes

10.5 Miles 16.9 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

1,965' 599 m

Ascent

-1,965' -599 m

Descent

2,056' 627 m

High

271' 83 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

All Clear

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

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Overview

Closed Mondays. Closed half hour after sunset.
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.
Dogs: No Dogs

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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Check-Ins

Jan 13, 2018
Sabine Schimpf
Dec 25, 2017
Josh Overstreet
First real ride with wewe up Alum Rock 10.5mi
Dec 9, 2017
Peter Silon
Mileage as always in km! 17mi — 1h 30m
Sep 30, 2017
Norbert Barbosa
Aug 26, 2017
Omar Teutle
5.4mi
Jun 3, 2017
Zach Fox
Feb 12, 2017
Jeffrey Evey
Nov 18, 2016
Brando Khoo
4mi

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 8 votes

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Rankings

#210

in California

#1,752

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174 Views Last Month
5,049 Since Nov 19, 2014
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Conditions


All Clear 29 days ago

Getting forecast...

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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