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Rancho San Vicente and Calero Park

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 4.5 (139) 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

418' 127 m

Low

713' 217 m

Up

713' 217 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

E-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

As of 2022, there are official park signs that the Lisa Killough Trail is now one-way in the counter-clockwise direction, together with the return via the Cottle Trail. The description should now be considered in the opposite order (written for the clockwise direction).

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 5 others

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  4.5 from 139 votes

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San Vincente Trail Sunday December 11, 2021.
Jan 2, 2022 near Almaden…, CA
Really nice view all along of Lisa's Trail
Apr 8, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
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Aug 20, 2018 near Almaden…, CA
Downhill segment
Sep 29, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
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Jul 5, 2020 near Almaden…, CA
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Sep 11, 2022
Tim McL
May 29, 2022
Arwin Siador
First time here. Will come back again and again. Pretty easy going ride. Plenty of spots to take a break. Fun quick DH on the backside of loop. 9.2mi — 1h 14m
May 22, 2022
Lifan Xu
Nice trail that kids can handle. Although they may need to push their bikes from time to time: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nhExggPYIBM&t=1s
Apr 20, 2022
Samuel Carvajal
10.2mi — 1h 02m
Apr 10, 2022
Josh Smith
Mar 19, 2022
Carl Britsch
Nov 9, 2021
Nate H
Muddy!! Seized up the tires several times. 9.5mi — 1h 10m
Nov 7, 2021
David D
Took my lady out for a ride… beautiful mountain flow trail with an gradual climbs… one way direction passing lake at the end of trail, not beginnin… 10mi — 2h 05m