Just south of San Jose on the west side of Santa Clara Valley, sits Calero County Park, a beautiful oak woodland that POST recently helped expand by protecting Rancho San Vicente. This hike will explore the newest addition to the park in the late afternoon light, providing views of glowing grassy hilltops, silhouetted oaks, and the Calero Reservoir.

You will be joined by representatives of POST who will explain our contributions to Calero County Park and the several other open spaces that make up an important area of protected habitat. We will hike 5+ miles along the Lisa Killough and Cottle trails. The hike is primarily along a ridge, though there is approximately 350 feet of elevation gain at the beginning of the loop. This hike is rated as strenuous.

We will share more details about the event including meet-up location with guests who register, closer to the event. Ensure you are registered through Eventbrite and that your e-mail address is spelled correctly so you receive the informational e-mail! Dogs must stay home for this hike, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the hike.

This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Find out more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support

About Calero County Park & Rancho San Vicente:

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 “backcountry” offers a spectacular display of wildflowers. To learn more, visit this website!

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 78,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

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