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Alum Rock Park

Average Rating:    (3.06 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

A lot of paved paths. Good for road bikes if you stay on the paved roads. Entertaining for the recreatiional mountain bikers.
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Latitude
37.39845994620459
Longitude
-121.805419921875
Trail Directions
Take highway 680 exit Berryessa Rd East. Make a right on Piedmont Rd and a left on Pentitencia Creek Rd up the hill. You will pass a residential area, but keep following the creek up the road until you hit the dead end. This is where you park and begin your ride.
Trail Length
approximately 4 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
San Jose
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Review Date
February 5, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: garne2t ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
There are additional trails beyond what the previous reviews wrote about.

The park abuts Sierra Vista park and you can extend your ride to up to about 4000' of climbing and 20 miles. From the top of Baccardo trail, take the Sierra Vista to the Calaveras Fault trail to the end and back to add 2000' of climbing to the 2000' you already did on Baccardo.

A 3000' foot climb option is to take Sierra Vista and loop back on Calaveras Fault trail from the top of Baccardo.

Before you hit the top of the Baccardo trail peak, turn right on the Sierra Vista trail. If you take the first left on the Kestral trail that opened in August 2014 it will connect you to a new parking area off Sierra Road that is near the Summit. Cross the street and take the 1.2 mile Aquila Loop trail.

Most trails are through grasslands and offer beautiful views at all times. Avoid these on hot summer days as there is little shade. Evening sunset rides are a favorite of mine with views of the sun setting over the valley. There are often deer and cows and I occasionally see wild turkeys, tarantulas, and wild rabbits. The cows look intimidating with their horns but just ride up to them and they will move.

The trail is mostly fairly smooth with a few very steep sections that will challenge you on Baccardo. Todd Quick has 5 switchbacks that are easy to clear. If you continue on Sierra Vista, there are some steep consistent climbs. Aerobic difficulty can be a 5 if you ride to the end of Sierra Vista. Be sure to save some energy for the climb on the way back.

Recommended Route:
Start at Penitencia Creek Rd. just outside park. First trail to the right by the bathrooms at the park entrance is the Penitencia Creek trail and runs along the creek with a very slight uphill grade. When you hit the road, cross the road and head up the North Rim trail. The optional Eagle Rock trail is an out and back that branches off to the left and takes you to a nice look out point.

Continue up North Rim trail and go left on Todd Quick trail. At the top of Todd Quick, there is a nice Eucalyptus grove with a shaded picnic table.

Go through the gate to continue up the hill on the Baccardo trail. Take the first right on the Baccardo trail unless you are extremely fit and want a very steep climb to the left. You will see a short steep section ahead of you after the right turn but that is the hardest section of the climb and the rest is much easier than staying to the left on Baccardo.

Just before the Baccardo peak, take first right on the Sierra Vista trail. Then first left on the Kestral trail to the parking lot on Sierra road near the summit.

Cross the street and hit the Aquila loop trail.

Total ride 11.3 miles, 2000'



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Review Date
July 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tjay ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
All the trail below Eagle Rock are perfect trails for newer riders. Then when they feel ready to move up a level, hit up Todd Quick. It's a little steeper that requires a bit of technical skills and descending on this trail is super fun! It has a lot of flowy and tight switchbacks. If you want to up your level, go hit up Boccardo Loop (it's on top of Todd Quick) to the right and try to make it up there with out stopiing. It's about 1.8 miles of steep climb. Then descend the same way. You may also want to climb up Boccardo to the left. It's 1.6 mile but it's steeper. Descender here is fast so watch your speed and for the other hikers/bikers. Also, keep an eye out for rattle snakes, taratula and cows. They're everywhere in spring and summer season.

4 for overall rating because this trail showed me how to climb and descend properly. After one year of riding my MTB, I am able to climb Kennedy Trail (4.1 miles 2300') and Mission Peak (3.3 miles 3000') without stopping and descend fast on most of the trail around the area on my HT.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grant Ranch up on Mt Hamilton



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Review Date
July 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Lost Biker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail for beginners. Close to my house so I am here twice a week for an after work ride. Small section of single track on Todd Quick trail that is fun. Large climb up Boccardo trail. First 1/8 mile is steep (20-30% grade) but levels off to about 8% most of the way up. Great view from the the top.

Be ready to share the trail. Alot of hikers use this park.

Recommended Route:
All routes are good.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fremont Older in Saratoga



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Review Date
March 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AnewMadrid ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
For the Beginner to the Advanced rider. You have nice steady climbing on pavement or can stay on the mountain and never touch the street.
Boccardo Trail is great to climb up (i think 1900 feet) and bomb down.
Penitencia Creek trail will take you right through the park.
It's a nice training ground but can have a bunch of walkers if you go later or stay on the flat lands.

Recommended Route:
North Rim Trail to Todd Quick trail then up to the Boccardo Trail..it's a nice ride for sure and if you hitting some good jumps on the way back down..you will dig it.

Enjoy

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grant Ranch



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Review Date
January 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: switchbaxr ,  Downhiller

Summary:
When I used to live a mile and a half from the trailhead, I rode this trail network quite frequently and found this park to be a great weekday afternoon ride during the long days of summer and a nice early weekend ride with just enough of a fix to keep me a happy dad. You have to mix this type of ride in because you can't be gone the whole day riding every singele weekend or it can put a strain on the family. It's definitely no Soquel Demonstration Forest - Braille Trail ride, but if you live in East San Jose it's not a 45 minute drive to the trailhead either and when the demands of a young family require you to be home before 10AM, then this ride can be just the ticket. It can be moderately technical in some sections and very easy on others. There is a singletrack section off to the left of the paved road just past the parking lot entrance where there is a quick drop with a jutting rock right in the middle of the trail and a very steep and loose ascent that puts you about 80 feet above the paved road with a sheer cliff to the right. I clear this section most days, but during the summer when the trail can get very loose and powdery, it's very tough to climb without a dab. The Boccardo trail that is located at the top of the Todd Quick trail is a challenge for even the most fit riders...12-15% grade in some sections...definitely on an ass on the tip of the saddle with your chin low to the stem to maintain your cadence kind of climb in some sections of this climb.

Best views - at the top of Boccardo trail and the top of Eagle Rock. From these vantage points you can see the Saratoga mountains and downtown San Jose and all the way north to the Dumbarton Bridge on a clear day. The view of the canyon while you're on the North Rim trail looking down into the park floor below and heading East into the canyon is very nice especially in the early morning and late afternoon light. Because of the sheer drop to the south, you feel like you're gliding in the air.

Best section - The Todd L Quick trail heading from the park bench at the top to the trail head sign...it goes by in a flash but it's enough of a quick rush and I usually do two loops in the park so you can ride this part twice.

Plants and wildlife - Oaks, Sycamores, and Bay trees, wild yellow mustard, blue lupine and thistle in the spring. Bobcats, deer, turkeys, cows, hawks, and squirrels.

Recommended Route:
Take a look at a park map and ride every trail in the park, you can easily hit every trail in under 2 hours, even if you do the Boccardo climb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grant Ranch, but it's another 6 miles up Mt. Hamilton road to get there and well worth it if you like to climb and downhill on fast wide open fireroads with sweeping hillside views.

Mission Peak if you head another 10 miles north to the Milpitas/Fremont border.



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