San Jose, California
Santa Teresa County Park
Local, that is for our San Jose fellowship, right at the south end of the city. This is a great place for a December morning hike for many reasons. Just minutes from the city makes the location of this park convenient. The trails are well maintained and have good foundation of bedrock for sure footing.
Walking the walk
This hike is about four miles and 900 feet in elevation and will be a level 3.
From the south take hwy 101 north to hwy 85 north to Bernal rd. From Santa Cruz take 17 north to hwy 85 south to Bernal rd. From San Francisco take 280 to hwy 85 south to Bernal rd. Turn right on Bernal rd. and follow it up the hill until you see a sign that says Santa Teresa Park Picnic Area and turn left into the picnic area. Stop and pay the $5.00 for parking and go to the end of the parking lot. We will meet there.
Know before you go
Bring water and snacks. Dogs are allowed on a leash only. Bring something to sit on waterproof is always nice. Parking is $5.00. The parking permit machine takes cash, ATM, and credit cards. Try to carpool. There is a bathroom at the trailhead.