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Rancho San Vicente and Calero Park

Intermediate
 4.4 (109) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop around Rancho San Vicente and Calero Parks.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

50%

Singletrack

891' 272 m

High

417' 127 m

Low

736' 224 m

Up

736' 224 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features Views

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, the trail is mostly very smooth, and the climbs are mostly very gentle, which makes it a good place to bring beginners. There are nice views of the Calero Reservoir in the second half of the trail.
Note: There are signs at the beginning of the loop showing riders should go counterclockwise rather than the original clockwise direction.

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.

Note, when the park is busy the route is opposite of the way shown here... all MTB are required to go counter clockwise.

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

Shared By:

Marco Paganini with improvements by Ryan Vallieu and 3 others

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Really nice view all along of Lisa's Trail
Apr 8, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Downhill segment
Sep 29, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
Nice View
Aug 20, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Calero County Park
Jan 21, 2019 near Almaden…, CA
Overcast spring day
Jul 5, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
Calero Reservior, Rancho San Vicente
Jul 22, 2018 near Almaden…, CA

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