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Chisnantuk Peak Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (10)

This is a nice and flowy trail connecting Calero County Park and Rancho Cañada del Oro.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Singletrack

1,479' 451 m

High

871' 265 m

Low

609' 185 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Need to Know

The trail was apparently re-routed recently for the opening of Rancho San Vicente, and most older maps do not show the trail in the correct place (the old one still exists apparently, but it's marked "Keep off, under maintenance"). The track on this trail was verified and is up-to-date.

This trail is very remote and there's no cell coverage in the area. Make sure you have all the required tools and expertise to fix common bike problems (flat tires, etc).

Description

Chisnantuk Peak Trail is a 2.5 mile "wide singletrack" connecting Calero County Park and Rancho Cañada del Oro. To get there, start at the Rancho San Vicente entrance and take either Lisa Killough Trail or Cottle Trail. Ride until these trails meet again at their southern ends. Continue on Cottle Trail going west. During the wet season, there are three small streams that will need to be crossed (nothing big, really, and they should be dry most of the year). Cottle Trail becomes a somewhat steep fire road on its last half mile. Ride it up to the Cottle Rest Site, where Chisnantuk Peak Trail starts.

Chisnantuk Peak Trail climbs from Calero to Rancho Cañada del Oro at a more or less constant grade of 5%. This grade is sufficient to keep a good pedaling stroke while gaining some elevation. There are nice photo opportunities three-quarters of the way up.

At the trail's end, you'll reach Bald Peaks Trail (bordering Rancho Cañada del Oro OSP). At this point, you have the option of riding back down (2.5 flowy miles of gentle downhill, with fun and smiles!) or continue up on Bald Peaks and make your way down to the main parking lot of Rancho Cañada del Oro.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Marco Paganini with improvements by A B

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  4.3 from 10 votes

#5273

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  4.3 from 10 votes
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#302

in California

#5,273

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Photos

Mountain lion we encountered. Was last of a group of three lions.
Oct 14, 2019 near Almaden…, CA
Singletrack through the forest
Jul 5, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
Panorama from Chisnantuk Peak Trail.
Apr 14, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Picnic table at the top of the trail
Jul 5, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
Calero Reservoir overlook
Jul 5, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
A steady climb with amazing views
Jul 3, 2018 near Almaden…, CA

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