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Rancho San Vicente Information

This easy hike in the newest section of Calero County Park offers views of Calero Reservoir and Mt Umunhum.

Watch for:

Wildflowers in the spring, reptiles species like the western fence lizard and the endangered Bay checkerspot butterfly.

Details for the Rancho San Vicente Hike

Distance: 3.5 miles out-and-back

Elevation gain: 500 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Season: All year (spring is best for wildflowers!)

Parking lot address: Click here

More info: Santa Clara County Parks website

Overview: POST-protected Rancho San Vicente (996 acres) is the newest addition to Calero County Park and features several miles of multi-use trails. There are plenty of options, from a short, flat loop to longer, hilly options. This route takes you to the top of a hill with an overlook of the Calero Reservoir. Looking in the opposite direction offers views of rolling green hills and Mt. Umunhum. This hike features a 3.5-mile option along the Lisa Killough Trail to the Vista Del Oro Trail.

From the parking lot, follow the Lisa Killough Trail. Continue on the Lisa Killough trail then head right at the fork on the Vista Del Oro Trail. To get back, retrace your steps or, for a longer route, head back to the Lisa Killough Trail for a longer loop back to the parking lot.

Directions to Rancho San Vicente

From the north, take the 280 South to the 85 South. Exit at the Almaden Expressway and head right. Take Almaden Expressway down and go right on Henry Road. From Henry Road go left onto McKean Road. Follow McKean Road and the parking lot for Rancho San Vicente will be on the right across from Rakstad Road.

More about Rancho San Vicente

In 2009, POST purchased the 966-acre Rancho San Vicente from private developers, who had originally intended to build a luxury housing development. This property is an important piece in completing a 15-mile greenbelt from Los Gatos to near Highway 101 in Morgan Hill.

POST has since transferred the property to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to establish public use trails. It’s now open for you to explore and enjoy.

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