Welcome to Calero County Park, one of Santa Clara County's most diverse regional park and recreation areas. Once part of the Pueblo lands of San Jose, and Rancho San Vincente land grant, this approximate 4,471 acre park is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Two distinct areas define this park: the reservoir, which offers a host of water-oriented recreational activities, and the adjoining "back country" which reveals to the visitor California Oak woodland, chaparral, riparian plant communities and associated wildlife habitats. During the months of March, April and May the "back country" offers a spectacular display of wildflowers. In addition, the park offers breathtaking views of southern Santa Clara County and the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountain Range.
Our hike: Easy Hike. Just under 600 feet elevation (0-600 feet).
Distance: 3.65 miles.
Elivation gain: 526 feet. Most of the hike is flat. We will have a sharp increase and decrease about 3/4 into the hike.
To reach the trailhead staging area follow the following directions:
1. Take Almaden Expressway south to Harry Road. Turn right onto Harry Road; then left onto McKean Road. The reservoir is on the right about three miles south of Harry Road. Pass the reservoir. Another 0.5 miles you will find the park entrance on your right.
2. Traveling to the park on southbound Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and turn right. Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn left and continue about 0.5 miles to the park entrance on your right.
3. Traveling on northbound Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and turn left onto Bailey Ave heading west. Continue on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd and make a left. In 0.5 miles is the entrance is to your right.