The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no fee when parking in the trailhead parking area.
Need to Know
Cows graze in the grass hills of North Ridge Trail
, so you may have to share the trail with them a bit. Please respect their presence.
North Ridge Trail
starts and ends at trail junctions along Lisa Killough Trail
. These trail junctions are close to the Lisa Killough Trail
trailhead at the Rancho San Vicente Entrance to Calero County Park. This entrance is on McKean Road in the northwest corner of the park.
To access North Ridge Trail
from the parking area at the Rancho San Vicente Entrance, run 0.2 miles on Lisa Killough Trail
to a trail junction where North Ridge Trail
starts. Go right at this trail junction in the grass hills of Calero County Park. From here, North Ridge Trail
heads northwest on a grassy hillside. The ridge rises to the left of the trail. To the right of the trail, one can see rural Almaden Valley below and the Diablo Range in the distance. At first, the trail is relatively flat.
At about the 0.4 mile mark, North Ridge Trail
reaches the end of the ridge and a trail junction with Almaden Trail
on the right. Almaden Trail
is a short 0.5 mile connector to a park entrance on Almaden Road. Stay to the left at this trail junction to continue running the North Ridge Trail
After passing Almaden Trail
, North Ridge Trail
climbs the ridge as it veers left to head back southeast. From high on the ridge, one can see the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance to the right (southwest).
North Ridge Trail
ends at Lisa Killough Trail
at a trail junction 0.2 miles past its start on Lisa Killough Trail
. The entire loop on North Ridge Trail
from the parking area is about 1.8 miles.
Flora & Fauna
Cows and grass-covered hills are what you'll find here.
Shared By: Joan Pendleton