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Hike Details for Calaveras Fault

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Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Calaveras Fault
RSVPs - 19 -- YES: 7 NO: 10 MAYBE: 2

Calaveras Fault
Click the Staging Area/Trail Name above for park information.
City: San Jose
Region: EastBay
Park: Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Park Map URL: Click Here
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Friday, November 25, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

B.A.R.T. to Calaveras Fault Trail

Out-of-the-Box, after the Turkey Hike in Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. An upside down hike starting from the finish of Stage 4, 2011 Tour of California, atop Sierra Road in San Jose. Your choice hike of
1) a short 5.5 mile, 1300 ft.
2) a medium 6 mile, 1400 ft.
3) a long 9.1 mile, 2400 ft.
along the Bay Area Ridge Trail down to Penitencia Creek and beyond.

We'll follow Kestrel, Sierra Vista, and Upper Calaveras Fault Trails to the Cutoff Trail, where the short/long hikes take the short cut down the Cutoff Trail while the medium hike continues on Upper Calaveras Trail. All hikes will continue down Lower Calaveras Fault Trail to the Upper Penitencia Creek crossing where the short/medium hikes will snack.

The long hike continues on to the South, ascending 1000 ft. in 1.8 miles on the Lower Calaveras Fault Trail to their snack spot, before returning the same way.

Finally all hikes will return from Upper Penitencia Creek to the parking lot on Lower Calaveras Fault, Sierra Vista, and Kestrel Trails.

Any one interested in carpooling please meet at the Mission Blvd Park-n-Ride in Fremont 715 Mission Rd. I plan on departing sharply at 8:45an for the 1/2 hour drive to the Sierra Road Staging Area.

Leader: Joel Schantz

Trail Notes:

This beautiful and scenic Preserve is comprised of 1,676 acres of majestic oak woodlands, rolling grasslands and chaparral communities. There are over 10 miles of trail that include the Aquila Loop Trail (1.15 miles), the Kestrel Trail (0.25 miles), the Boccardo Loop Trail (3 miles), the Sierra Vista Trail (2 miles), and the Calaveras Fault Trail (4 miles). There are 6.7 miles of trail designated as a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

There are no bathrooms or water sources within the Preserve.
No parking along Sierra Road.
No Dogs allowed in the Preserve.

Trailhead Directions:
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From 680 exit east onto Berryessa Road. Follow Berryessa to Piedmont Road and turn left. Go right at Sierra Road. The free public parking area (35 spots) and equestrian parking are at the top of Sierra Road, on the right.
Google Maps link.

Parking Fee: none

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Thursday, November 30, 2017.

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