Hike Report: Ed Levin County Park
by Daniel Sanchez, Anza Trail Park Guide
The Anza Trail is partnering with Santa Clara County Parks to offer a series of hikes in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial. The first of several hikes took place on November 7th, 2015 at Ed Levin County Park in Milpitas California. Many thanks to our Trails on Rails Docent Walt Fant who assisted me as a sweeper on our the hike.
A group of 40 participants joined up for the Interpretive hike through the park. We met up at the parking lot near Sandy Wool Lake. The route was a 3.7 mile loop up Agua Caliente Trail to the Calera Creek Trail (also part of the Anza Trail and the Bay Ridge Trail) which returned us back to our meeting place. This route has a about a 750-foot elevation gain and is suitable for intermediate hikers. Most of the tails passes through grassy hills and oak savanna. There were a two creek crossing with low water this time of year and are quite easy to hop over. Though it was surprising to see water flowing down the hill with the record dry spell in our region it's nice to see that there is a life source still running down the hills. The creek’s water flow feeds beautiful old oaks that populate the narrow riparian ways and shade park of the Calera Creek trail.
Near the end of our hike we saw a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus). It appeared to be laying in the sun soaking up some rays slowly retreated into a hole in the hillside as we observed its beautiful patterns from a safe distance.
Ed Levin County Park is a great destination for all things recreation. The many activities and amenities in the park include hiking, biking, equestrian trails, a dog park, on-leash dog walking, a golf course, fishing, group picnic sites, restrooms and plenty of parking. The 1,541 acer park boast a 19-mile trail system and expansive views of the southern San Francisco Bay.
Coming up our next hike is at:
Santa Teresa County park on Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:30 am-1:00 pm
New Almaden Country Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016
10:30 am - 1:00 pm