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    Calero Park trail construction has started!

    I just got word from SCCP's trailmeister Greg Bringleson that they received final approval to begin construction on April 21st and went to work on the 23rd.



    There are several opportunities to volunteer; check out the upcoming VoCal @ Almaden Quicksilver & Calero. (I registered for Friday and Saturday)

    The bulk of the work is at Almaden Quicksilver but it's sounding like some of the group will split off and work over at Calero. Remember that Almaden Quicksilver & Calero parks will eventually connect.

    The ongoing trail building at Calero will have volunteer workdays every 3rd Saturday starting in July:

    July 16th
    August 20th
    September 17th
    October 22nd
    November 19th
    December 17th
    (and on and on for several years says Greg!)

    I'm assuming the link to volunteer TWD sign-ups will be posted here Welcome-to-Santa-Clara-County-Parks when the time draws closer.

    Bikers can also contact Greg directly for more specific information: Greg.Bringelson@PRK.SCCGOV.ORG
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    Thanks for the post! Hopefully we can build in some gnar to make the trail interesting.
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    That VOCal volunteer work in AQ is on a single track trail and illegal for MTB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmpreston View Post
    That VOCal volunteer work in AQ is on a single track trail and illegal for MTB.
    Yep but it frees resources for potential gnar elsewhere. (Greg at least is open to the concept and has hinted that some could happen at Calero)

    We need to help him as much as possible (wherever) before he retires; the next regime could be quite different.

    VOCal = free beer.

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    Thanks for the heads up!

    Is the grand opening still on schedule for this Fall 2016, for Calero/Rancho San Vicente and the new staging area?
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    Just heard from Greg that the grand opening has now indeed moved out as suspected, now scheduled for the spring of 2017.

    Might be some preview rides in the Fall. We'll stay tuned.
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    when did this process start, 2008?

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    yay, more trails riding distance from home!

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    Was out helping build trails on Friday for a corporate event. 2 out of the 30 miles have been completed and they're looking really nice flowing through the hills.

    We all had a blast and looking forward to attending future trail building events for this project. Greg is a great guy and has a true passion for expanding our trail system here.

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    San Vicente Trail well underway

    I was part of a really small volunteer crew working on the first "regular" 3rd Saturday TWD @ Calero. Really small like me, Kate (uniformed SCCParks volunteer) and leader Erick (SCCParks trail crew).

    Greg Bringelson was there for the start but had to leave for a meeting for the new planned bike park over by Sanborn Park; he had lots of generally favorable news RE MTB's at Santa Clara County Parks. (Like today's front-page Murky News coverage)

    Today's task was finishing up the post-Sweco (tractor) trail back-slope on the nearly-complete San Vicente Trail. This trail is in the new addition of the park and will be the main connector from the (to be built) parking lot opposite Fortini Rd on McKean Rd (STP connection). About 3 miles have been cut with maybe a mile to go of "easy" cutting then they have a bridge to build and couple of rock gardens that will be very slow going. They say still on target to open this trail spring of '17. (Assuming a wet winter to settle the tread)

    Some photos:

    A previous volunteer crew had cut the back-slope; this needed to be tidied-up and raked over the edge:


    Kate caught me at full extension:


    Kate in the shade:


    Erick getting it done:


    After doing our quota Erick gave us a tour of the completed tractor work:


    At a nearly level contour the trail goes on and on and on...


    The mini-excavator (not so mini):


    Note trail continuing far right distance:


    The Sweco and it's handy-work:


    Here's about where this new trail will connect to the original park; the speck in the middle is a couple walking their dog on the Cottle Trail:


    Overall I was very impressed with this new portion of the park and how the trails are laid out; by vehicle on McKean Road it seems like it flies past---on the other side of the ridge it seems to go on forever.
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    Thanks for doing trail work and for the nice report.

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    I rode Rocky Ridge and Stiles Ranch on Saturday. More like that would be great! We have a lot of XC now and need some more with rocks!

    I still don't like that Parks is telling us what the trail designs and locations will be. Then they brag about how much they are doing for us. We need to do our own trails like groups all over the West are doing! The land managers advise and help the trail users.
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    At least they are doing something, unlike San Mateo parks or SFPUC.

    They are building a trail. Watershed here wants another three years for "studies" if we can ride an existing fireroad.

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    Thanks for the report and your labor Mr. Plinyberg.

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    Looked on their official sites - where we are with this now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Looked on their official sites - where we are with this now?
    Wish I knew; haven't been able to make it to any of their volunteer days. I do know that they're going gangbusters on the Rancho San Vincente entrance parking lot; from all the earth-moving equipment it looked like they were building a shopping center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    I do know that they're going gangbusters on the Rancho San Vincente entrance parking lot; from all the earth-moving equipment it looked like they were building a shopping center.
    Yeah, many locals who live near me in this area just became aware and were wondering what all the big construction on McKean across from Fortini is about. Many are also worried about park traffic near near the entrances, especially on the other side by Almaden Rd where there's only one additional staging area planned out of two entrances on that road, which is not yet in the works.

    I'm still optimistic that the latest word of a Spring 2017 opening might happen. Things seem to be moving that way. I've always been told the major opening (besides the little Serpentine section a while back) would be dependent on the opening of that large parking lot and staging area on McKean, due to the local concern about parking and traffic. Even after this major opening, it'll take another couple years to complete all the planned trails, with the last trail being the loop around the lake perimeter. The special new multi-use bike trail on the southern end that bypasses the equestrian only trails was said to being in construction sooner, about now. But until we get that final trail section around the lake perimeter, the new "bike trail" will be a trail to nowhere other than the road.
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    Trail days Calero

    I worked on the new trails in September there was only 7 of us me being the only MT biker then in October the second trail day there was 15 0ff us mostly hikers and students getting service hours no Mt bikers just me ,trails are being built so step up and help out !
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    Nice work. When's the next Trail work day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zazzafrazz View Post
    Nice work. When's the next Trail work day?
    According to this calero-ridge-trail-day-flyers the next day is Saturday December 17th.
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    I made it to today's TWD @ Calero; fantastic weather for digging some dirt! I think there were 10 of us volunteers and 4 park staffers engaged in the effort; mostly cutting back-slope and a little PO removal. This was the last volunteer work day of the year and the last one until the Rancho San Vincente entrance opens in April 2017.

    There's a couple of new trails getting approval that weren't in the Trail Plan so there'll even be more miles for loop hiking/riding. And; there's still a plan afloat for a bike-specific trail; stay tuned.

    Pix:


    I checked out the big toys while the group formed in h-u-g-e parking area under construction.


    Hi-ho, hi-yo; it's off to work we go. The Almaden-Calero Canal was running strong.


    Dig starting here...


    Easy digging.


    This is a mostly level connector trail that loops the front side of the peak from Cottle Trail back to the parking lot.


    Bucolic location; the sounds of roadies panting on McKean Rd could barely be heard!


    Props to the staffers; they were digging as hard as the volunteers.
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    Looks Gorgeous! Thanks to all you volunteers.

    Would have joined the trail work if I wasn't freezing in the snow of CT today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    I made it to today's TWD @ Calero; fantastic weather for digging some dirt! I think there were 10 of us volunteers and 4 park staffers engaged in the effort; mostly cutting back-slope and a little PO removal. This was the last volunteer work day of the year and the last one until the Rancho San Vincente entrance opens in April 2017.
    In confirmation of Moe Ped's indication of an April opening. I just got the following email from a ranger:

    April 22, 2017 will be the Earth Day dedication of the new trails and the first trail etiquette program for Rancho San Vicente.

    So the main opening looks to be on April 22. But again, I doubt all of the planned trails will be completed by then. But we should have a nice bunch of trails that allow connection to other parks.
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    I recall that SCCP were planning a "soft" opening. Anyone have an update on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrashWorship View Post
    I recall that SCCP were planning a "soft" opening. Anyone have an update on that?
    I think the storms of January have changed much; several County Parks have sustained major damage (some at Calero too I think) so I''l be very surprised if they can keep the April 22 San Vicente Entrance opening date. The crews that were building the new trails at Calero have a boatload of system-wide repair work to deal with now. The Calero project itself has disappeared from their website and that can't be good news.
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    Any news where we are?

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    I requested an update from a ranger working with the trail crew. The current status is:

    The Lisa Killough Trail and Lisa’s Lookout (an awesome picnic area) are done and the trail crew is moving on to other trails. The parking lot is not done. The restroom is not done. No idea when it may be completed. They had several setbacks including issues with permits, weather and a surprise dump site.

    Obviously, the June grand opening is postponed. Well, it looks like we're getting there asymptotically. I'm hoping for soon - a few months from now.
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    Which one is Lisa K trail?

    Edit. Found it. Renamed Rancho Vicente. Apparently a dedication ceremony was help on June 3rd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Which one is Lisa K trail?

    Edit. Found it. Renamed Rancho Vicente. Apparently a dedication ceremony was held on June 3rd?

    Yea, it was an "under the radar" dedication for the relatives of Lisa K who'd come out for the June grand opening, which unfortunately didn't happen.

    Some speculation is now October for the opening, but nobody is sure now considering the missed dates for various reasons.
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    With the new trail on the other end of the lake it is going to be an awesome moderate loop. Can't wait to take my family there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry View Post
    They had several setbacks including ... a surprise dump site.
    I suppose that explains why the restroom's not done.

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    Looks like are making it pretty extensive. I just saw that they are paving the parking lot with asphalt. All the other parks around there (Calero, Almaden, ST, Rancho De Oro) have dirt gravel parking lots. I just hope they make lots of singletrack. Tired of fireroads.

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    Nah, it will be like Skeggs new lot. Lot of horse trailer parking, then they will close it for a few years to fix drainage.

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    Calero Park trail construction has started!-img_20170710_195646.jpg


    They are starting to make good progress. From how big they are making the parking lot, it looks like they expect a lot of traffic. I was hoping it was gonna be more of a off the beaten path type park.

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    Yesterday Greg at SCCParks mentioned that the Rancho San Vincente entrance might open "late August maybe Memorial Day". Also that the trail completing Calero's western connection to RCdO may be open by spring 2018.
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    Will those new trails have seasonal closures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Will those new trails have seasonal closures?
    Good question; I would think they would just like at the other county parks. I'll try to remember to ask Greg next time we chat.
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    Did this open yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Did this open yet?
    Nope. I was there a few days ago. Still closed and in progress. Hopefully, in a couple months.

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    Are we there yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Are we there yet?
    Beats me, we've "lost" Greg Bringleson; he's retired from SCCParks. Maybe now he'll start using his MTBR login and fill us in with some answers.

    If I had to bet on it my guess is that there has not been enough rain to "bed-in" the last trails they built. The parking lot sure looks like it's ready to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Are we there yet?
    I happened to run into a new ranger at Quicksilver a couple weeks ago and asked about the new park. He said he didn't know of any official opening schedule, and it keeps changing anyway.

    As mentioned by MoePed, Greg retired in December 2017. Wish I knew more about this, as a lot of changes have been happening. However, the ranger I spoke with said the current mantra going around SSCParks is "open ALL trails for ALL users", which is highly enlightened if true. I pinged other contacts, and expect to hear back by next week.

    Passing by the main Rancho San Vicente entrance last week, the parking lot and facilities look to be complete from the outside. However, the main McKean road itself looks to have work just starting on being widened to add some turn off and ramp up lanes, which I heard before was likely to be part of the staging area.

    The ranger I spoke with said the main staging area at McKean cost ~$3M. He said another $250K was going to be needed to open the access point on the other side of the park on Almaden Rd close to Quicksilver. The lot there can only handle a dozen cars, and there's a steep bank at the road on that lot which makes safe entry and exit difficult. Some solution needs to be found. And the bridge over the creek there needs to be rebuilt. And the plan needs to assure runoff from the lot doesn't go into the creek.

    So... the opening seems to be dragging on. However I see some slow progress happening.
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    Having good connections counts!

    Though retired he still pulls some weight at SCCParks; this is a recent preview ride Greg took at Calero on the new trails:

    (note; some e-bike content)



    From Greg's FB; he mentions that they're looking at an April/Earthday opening.
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    I was hoping it was going to be raw rocky technical singletrack like Santa Teresa, but that probably too much wishful thinking. It looks fine for spinning to get some long mileage and vertical climbing.

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    ^^ Yeah, we're only about 25 minutes from there, but it just doesn't look interesting--even on the gravel grinder.*



    * ironically, there seems to be a LOT of gravel there.
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    Will be a great fitness loop with family. More people riding, more trails, good thing.

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    Does anyone know whether there is a map of this new trail? How long is it? It would be nice if it connected to RCdeOro, so that one can do a long ride linking Santa Teresa, Calero and RCO

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRocco View Post
    Does anyone know whether there is a map of this new trail? How long is it? It would be nice if it connected to RCdeOro, so that one can do a long ride linking Santa Teresa, Calero and RCO
    It's more like a dozen new trails or re-routes; I think maybe 3 or 4 are now complete. Search for the Calero Trails Master Plan and you'll see what was approved. (It's been posted on MTBR in the past)

    Yes there will be a couple of bike-legal connections with RCdO, I think one is complete.
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    Still looking at an April opening? It sure looks like they are ready when you go by the entrance at McKean.

    I'm picking up a new starter bike for my GF today and those trails look pretty good for a beginner. Not a lot of that type available around here... everything gets steep pretty quickly which I don't think she's going to be ready for yet.

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    It's open

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    No bike trails on the original territory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    No bike trails on the original territory?
    Parts of the Cottle Tr and all the Chisnantuk Tr are in the "original" territory. And Longwall Canyon but it's been open for a while. I've been told the Chisnantuk received considerable re-work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    Parts of the Cottle Tr and all the Chisnantuk Tr are in the "original" territory. And Longwall Canyon but it's been open for a while. I've been told the Chisnantuk received considerable re-work.
    I thought there was going to be a lot more of the southern part of the park open to bikes? With 28 miles of new bike trails overall. What happened?

    Will that convert later? Should be easy to do now.

    Although other trails like the perimeter trail around the lake isn't even created yet. I heard that needed a lot of permits, but they should be done by now.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry View Post
    I thought there was going to be a lot more of the southern part of the park open to bikes? With 28 miles of new bike trails overall. What happened?

    Will that convert later? Should be easy to do now.

    Although other trails like the perimeter trail around the lake isn't even created yet. I heard that needed a lot of permits, but they should be done by now.
    A little before Greg retired we hiked the Figueroa Tr Bypass route; really nice location and the possibility it could be hand-built by volunteers. But with Greg gone???

    I think we'll see the loop around the lake worked on next. And they have some of the other interior trails that need rehabilitation. (Meaning closed and re-routed)
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    Hiking only at the moment due to wet conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry View Post
    I thought there was going to be a lot more of the southern part of the park open to bikes? With 28 miles of new bike trails overall. What happened?

    Will that convert later? Should be easy to do now.

    Although other trails like the perimeter trail around the lake isn't even created yet. I heard that needed a lot of permits, but they should be done by now.
    Could be the same story as with magically disappearing multi use trails during the master plan process. Somebody stalling.

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    Hiked there today with the family (no bikes due to wet weather).
    Did North Ridge Trail loop - very wide (almost fire road) dirt trail that is already getting destroyed by cows (feels exactly like Coyote Lake Harvey Bear).
    Another trail from new parking lot - Lisa Kilough Trail - from the distance looked like a gravel fire road.
    I'm I missing something or that's all we got? So far I'm disappointed

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    I rode there on Friday. I enjoyed it. It is what I expected. I did Cottle Trail/Lisa Killough Trail clockwise. I saw a few others going counter clockwise. Starts off as fireroad and then narrows to atv width. A lot of it looks like it will turn more into singletrack once the grasses grow in.

    It was nice to be able to ride through Santa Teresa and then ride on something new.

    There was construction signs at Cottle rest site so I couldn't get over to Rancho Canada de Oro which I have never been to yet.

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    I rode it a few times this last week. While it is not a place for sick technical singletrack, it is a good place for a spin and recovery. There is no real climbs. They still haven't linked it to Rancho Canada Del Oro Park which will be good because there then you could get a bigger ride with some ups and downs. It is a park that will hopefully take some hikers off Santa Teresa. Haha.

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    I believe the construction sign was not meant to close the the reroute of Chisnatuck Trail up to the top . Either way it may be the best engineered trail I have been on. The gradual and steady grade is amazing ,moderate at worst

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Could be the same story as with magically disappearing multi use trails during the master plan process. Somebody stalling.

    Yes, I am paranoid.
    A lot of those trails would need a good bit of work to be pleasant biking

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