Rancho San Vicente Hike Information

The property is not officially open to the public however free tours can be booked. For more information and reservations, call (408) 355-2240, these docent-led Rancho San Vicente hikes are a great way to experience the South Bay landscape.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • No Dogs
  • No Horses
  • No Fishing
  • No Biking
  • No Camping
  • Not Handicap Accessible
  • No Swimming

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In spring and summer, you can see stunning wildflowers and rare serpentine soils on special docent-led tours offered by Santa Clara County Parks.

Fields of poppies, silver puffs, popcorn flowers and birds-eye gilia, rare Bay checkerspot butterflies, panoramic views.

About the Rancho San Vicente Hike

Rancho San Vicente is a key link between Almaden Quicksilver and Calero County Parks, with the potential to connect more than 31,000 acres of surrounding open space and parkland.

Protection of the land helps connect much-needed habitat for migrating wildlife, preserves rare serpentine soils for threatened and endangered plants, and will eventually provide easy access for world-class outdoor recreation to residents of south San Jose and beyond.

It is a beautiful space where visitors can see fields of poppies, silver puffs, popcorn flowers and birds-eye gilia, rare Bay checkerspot butterflies and panoramic views. Less than a mile from the tightly packed housing developments at the edge of Almaden Valley is a former Spanish land grant where cattle still graze.

Directions to the Rancho San Vicente Hike

From Santa Clara, CA take CA-17 S and CA-85 S to Almaden Plaza Way. Follow the Almaden Expressway to McKean Road until you reach the Rancho San Vicente Open Space Preserve.

Once slated for a housing development replete with golf course, 966-acre Rancho San Vicente was purchased by POST from private developers in 2009 and transferred to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department that same year.

POST purchased the land from private developers in June 2009 for $16 million and, in October 2009, sold the land for the same amount to County Parks. Rancho San Vicente links Almaden Quicksilver and Calero County parks, connecting more than 31,000 acres of surrounding open space and parkland.

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