South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley Guide Book

by Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, & Frances Spangle (Wilderness Press)
South Bay Trails Outdoor Adventures in and around Santa Clara Valley  by Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, & Frances Spangle

258pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0899972845

South Bay Trails is the definitive guide to the spectacular open spaces of the southern San Francisco Bay Area, covering almost 200,000 acres and 568 miles of trails. This book will introduce you to 8 nature preserves, 17 parks, and over 100 routes chosen for their variety of scenery and appeal to all types of outdoor enthusiasts. The authors are veteran hikers who describe the newly acquired Santa Clara County Open Space Preserves, the rugged western slopes of the Diablo Range, Bayland wildlife preserves, the creekside park chains of San Jose, and the mountain areas of Santa Cruz. The book covers 3 major trail chains: the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Bay Trail, and the Anza National Historic Trail. Although intended primarily for hikers, many of the trips in South Bay Trails can be enjoyed by bicyclists, equestrians, runners, and fitness walkers.

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Trails from the "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 107.
... Preview: From the heights of the park’s southeastern ridge above Alamitos Creek look across to other Santa Clara County parklands. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Santa Clara, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: Hikers, equestrians, bicyclists and horsecart drivers climb the old wagon road past several New Almaden Mine sites, visit English Town, the former miners’ settlement, and follow Los Capitancillos Ridg ... From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Santa Clara, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: Enter this hikers-only trail at its north or south terminus, or make a loop on it using three intermediate trail connections. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Santa Clara, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Passing the sites of mine shafts and tunnels on the wooded east side of Los Capitancillos Ridge this trip returns over the Bull Run summit on the Mine Hill Trail. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Santa Clara, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.5
... Preview: A 4-mile loop for hikers and equestrians takes you from the Senador Mine across the ridge through meadows flowery in spring to Guadalupe Creek and past its reservoir, returning on the Mine Hill Trail. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Santa Clara, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Starting along the Penitencia Creek Trail, this trip climbs through an oak forest on the Woodland Trail and circles back on the open hillsides of the north canyon wall. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Hike up the north side of the canyon to Eagle Rock for an overlook of the park and the Santa Clara Valley. Return along the Creek Trail on the route of the old Alum Rock Steam Railroad. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: An easy, shady hike for the dry season on the Woodland and Creek trails features the interpretive overlook that explains the park’s geologic origins. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: From the cool shade of the Penitencia Creek Trail climb through oak woodlands to the chaparral-lined south rim of the canyon and make an easy descent to the lawns and picnic areas near the Visitor Cen ... From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: From this historic town a 9-mile trip along Alviso Slough and Coyote Creek takes you to one of the finest birding opportunities and one of the largest bits of natural marsh in the South Bay. At high t ... From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Alviso, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Discover the Hollow Tree, find an old logging camp, and lunch at a Trail Camp. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.1
... Preview: Climb to views down the Waddell canyon and see the sea from the Howard King Trail. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: For a downhill adventure crossing sandstone outcrops and many creeks, have a friend drop you off at China Grade Road. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Wide paths winding through the forested ridges on either side of Redwood Creek make a good family jaunt before a picnic lunch. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: A great adventure beside the park’s major creeks on the Skylineto- the-Sea Trail from park headquarters to the Pacific. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 19.8
... Preview: 360-degree views reward the hiker who scrambles to the site of a former fire lookout. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.1
... Preview: A shady hike to the falls and monument commemorating the group that preserved these lands for a state park. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Meandering among the trunks and stumps of ancient redwoods, some as old as 2000 years, this wide trail offers an introduction to redwood ecology and an inspiration to all who walk here. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: A rocky scramble leads to views of park peaks and South Bay high points. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: Try this vigorous hiker’s loop trip to visit some of the park’s most beautiful features. From the guidebook "South Bay Trails: Outdoor Adventures in & around Santa Clara Valley"
Saratoga, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.2