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Rancho San Vicente and Calero Park

Intermediate

Trail

9.4 mile 15.2 kilometer loop
50% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 796' 243 m
Descent: -796' -243 m
High: 892' 272 m
Low: 416' 127 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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A loop around Rancho San Vicente and Calero Parks.

Marco Paganini

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Family Friendly Easy trails for the family, easy grades. Families can hike up to the Lisa's Lookout to take advantage of the picnic tables and great views. There are public restrooms as well.

Overview

This is the longest possible loop on Rancho San Vicente and Calero (~9.5 miles). The trails are a mix of fire roads and wide singletrack. There are no technical sections, and the climbs are very gentle, which makes it a good place to bring beginners. There are nice views of the Calero Reservoir on the first half of the trail.

Need to Know

While the park has a surprising amount of tree coverage (for parks in this region), the southernmost trails (inside Calero) can get pretty hot, so bring plenty of water when riding during the hot months of the year. Also, keep in mind that not all trails in Calero County Park are bike legal! Consult the park map for up-to-date information.

Description

Rancho San Vicente opened to the public in March of 2018. The park shares trails with the larger Calero County Park, for a total of 9.5 miles of trails. The trails are about 50% fire road and 50% "wide" singletrack (which will get weathered down over time and become narrower). All of the climbs on this loop are gentle, and most people won't ever need to touch their granny gear. This is a nice, flowy ride for those days where stress is not desirable or when introducing someone to the sport.

The front side of the park has nice views of Calero Reservoir (from a somewhat unusual point of view). When riding back, make sure to stop at Lisa's Lookout for a quick rest.

Rancho San Vicente connects to Rancho Canãda del Oro via the Cottle Trail (get ready for the typical Bay area fire road climbs if you go that way.) It is also possible to connect to Almaden Quicksilver (via one mile on paved Almaden Road) or Santa Teresa County Park (via one mile on Fortini Road).

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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Apr 20, 2020
Peter Wickham
Apr 12, 2020
Peter Wickham
Mar 27, 2020
Tim Dietrich
9.5mi — 1h 25m
Mar 20, 2020
Tim Dietrich
8.7mi — 1h 21m
Jan 24, 2020
Ryan Schellhous
Great trail for beginners with a little bit climbing and a little bit of singletrack. Trail gets busy with hikers and bikers. 9.4mi — 0h 50m
Dec 17, 2019
Ezra Clark
Dec 5, 2019
Rob Richards
Post rain ride on Mayfair Ranch & down Longwall Canyon. The trail was mostly tacky with some slick areas in the trees and on the flats. 4.5mi
Nov 14, 2019
J Przy
Coolio

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Photos

Really nice view all along of Lisa's Trail
Apr 8, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Nice View
Aug 20, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Calero County Park
Jan 21, 2019 near Almaden…, CA
Calero Reservior, Rancho San Vicente
Jul 22, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
View from the back of Calero Reservoir (on a somewhat cloudy day)
Apr 7, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Lisa's Lookout
Apr 7, 2018 near Almaden…, CA

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