San Jose, California
January 29, 2005
Only 11 miles south of San Jose, this 3,500 acre park provides 30 miles of hiking trails and a variety of wildlife. The trail that follows Woods road along the park's new Jacques Ridge acquisition was recently opened to the public. This moderate route offers dramatic views of Mt. Umunhum.
Know Before You Go
Maps are free. Dogs are allowed (on leash). The usual suggestions apply.
From San Jose, take Almaden Expressway to Coleman, and turn right. At the intersection of Camden, jog right for less than 100 feet and turn left onto Hicks Road. You'll go for some miles on Hicks, which is a very pretty drive as long as you don't run over any cyclists. You'll pass Guadalupe Reservoir and go up a pretty stiff grade. At the crest there is a four-way stop at Mt. Umunhum Road (which is unsigned). Park either in the MROSD lot to your right, or turn left and park in the large new lot in Almaden-Quicksilver County Park. It is not that far, but drive time from downtown San Jose is a good 45 minutes.
From Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 to Highway 85 South. Take Almaden Expressway and go right onto Almaden. Then follow the directions from San Jose above.
Walking the Walk
This is a Level 2 ½ hike: 7 miles, 700 vertical feet. The meeting will take place on Church Hill above English Camp.
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