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Healthy Trails Hike on Fortini, Mine, and Stile Ranch Trails

Join a Park Docent on a moderately challenging 2.5-mile hike on the Fortini, Mine, and Stile Ranch Trails (loop).

See beautiful views of the Santa Teresa hills, Calero Reservoir and the Almaden Valley. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, and water.

Meet at the Stile Ranch entrance. The hike is Saturday, September 24, 2011, 9am-11am. For more information, call (408) 355-2240.

3-Mile Fall Nature Hike in Calero’s Rancho San Vicente

Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the changing landscape of Fall at Rancho San Vicente.

Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding foothills and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species.

Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to a trail nearby. Bring water, snacks and camera. Wear sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. No dogs.

This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available. except at reservoir meeting location.

The hike is Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9am-12pm. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-224.

Healthy Trails Hike at Calero Park

Join a Park Docent on 3.0-mile easy hike along the Figueroa, Vallecito, Pena, and Los Cerritos Trails. Stop by the Los Cerritos Pond and view the majestic winter woodland landscape. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection.

Meet at the parking lot near the Calero Ranger Office. The hike is Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9am-11:30am. For more information, call (408) 355-2240.

Healthy Trails Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Join a Park Docent on a moderately challenging 4.5-mile hike along the Wood Road, Castillero, and Mine Hill Trails.

View remnants of the expansive mercury mining operation as you explore nature and history. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and sunscreen. Bring water, snacks and a camera.

Meet at the Wood Road parking lot on Hicks Road. The hike is Saturday, February 18, 2012, 9am-1pm. For more information, call (408) 355-2240.

Healthy Trails Hike Along the Fortini Trail

A Park Docent will lead you on a moderate 2.5-mile hike along the Fortini Trail to see beautiful views of the Santa Teresa hills, Calero Lake, and Almaden Valley. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water and snacks.

Meet at the Fortini Trailhead parking lot on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9am-11am. For more information, call (408) 355-2240.

Wildflower Hike in Calero’s Rancho San Vicente

Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the spring wildflowers and learn how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills along the way.

Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and water. No dogs. This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access; group travels together.

Restrooms not available, except at reservoir meeting location. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.

Meet at Calero Reservoir in Calero’s Rancho San Vicente, then caravan to a gated site nearby. The hike is Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9am-1:30pm.

Fall Nature Hike in Calero’s Rancho San Vicente

Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the changing landscape of fall at Rancho San Vicente. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding foothills and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species.

Bring water, snacks and camera. Wear sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. No dogs. This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together.

Restrooms are not available, except at reservoir meeting location. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-224.

Meet at Calero Reservoir in Calero’s Rancho San Vicente, then carpool to a trail nearby. The hike is Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 9am-12pm.

Guided History Hike Tour in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites, and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes, and sun protection.

Meet at the Quicksilver Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2011, 9am-1:30pm. The tour costs $5. Reservations required. Call 408-323-1107.

Guided History and Nature Hike with a Santa Clara County Parks Ranger

Take a 2-mile hike with a Park Ranger to explore Rancho San Vicente’s nature, history, and spectacular views.

Meet at Calero Reservoir in the Calero-Rancho San Vicente Park, then caravan to a gated site nearby. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, and water. No dogs.

This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access. The group travels together. Restrooms are available only at the reservoir meeting location.

The hike is Saturday, September 10, 2011, 9am-11am. For more information, call (408) 268-3883.

Fall & Winter 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks in Almaden Valley

Following are the Fall & Winter 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks located here in beautiful Almaden Valley, including Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero County Park.

You can also download the Santa Clara County Parks Fall & Winter 2011 PlayHere Guide.

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