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2017 BAO Educational Hikes

Explore Santa Clara County's open spaces and see waterfalls, lakes, mineral springs, migrating birds, wildflowers, historic sites while learning about Silicon Valley's rich culture and history, ghost towns, native plants and migrating birds. All hikes include two-to-three guides, parking fees and permits and lunch as noted. Hikes will be rescheduled if there is significant rain or heat. Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible using the registration button below. Once you register, we will send details about the meeting location and other important information.

BAO members get a discount on the hikes. Basic BAO Membership is free and Premium BAO Membership is $25 and pays for itself with after the first two hikes. If you are not already a BAO member, and want to join to receive discounts, please Click Here before registering for the hikes.

Please click the registration button below to register for the hikes.

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If you need a ride to the event or you would like a buddy to meet you there, please email us at share@bayareaolderadults.org

Hike 1: A Walk Through San Jose's Mining History

BAO Almaden Quicksilver Hike

Wednesday January 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

On this 4–mile moderate roundtrip hike, you will learn about California’s oldest and most valuable mine that produced $70 million in mercury back in 1845. We will hike on historic trails and examine the rotary furnace that produced more than a million flasks of mercury, and to the ruins of English Camp where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Along the way, we will see expansive views of the valley and eastern slopes, and learn about the history and culture of the area which was home to immigrants from around the world.

Location: Almaden Quicksilver County Park in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch is included.

Hike 4: The Hills of Calero Lake

Wednesday March 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a new hike at Calero Lake. This is a 3-mile, moderate-to-strenuous one-way walk along the rolling hills of Calero County Park while we learn about the history of the area starting with the Mexican Pueblos. We will end our journey with a picnic lunch.

Location: Calero County Park in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch is included.

Hike 5: Peeking into Bird Houses at McClellan Ranch Park

BAO McClellan Ranch Hike

Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us for a two-mile, flat leisurely journey through McClellan Ranch Park and along Stevens Creek led by an expert guide from the Audubon Society. We will see birds up close by peeking into the nesting boxes. At this time of year, the park and its creek are home to a variety of wildflowers and birds including hawks, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, towhees, sparrows, and others. In addition, in the Spring we are likely to see Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Pacific-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, and Bullock's Oriole. We stop for a group picnic at Blackberry Farm before heading back.

Location: McClellan Ranch Park in Cupertino
Additional Benefits: Binoculars are available for your use.

Hike 2: Coyote Lake and the Ohlone Indians

BAO Coyote Lake Park Hike

This hike is also offered in November

Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a new hike at Coyote Lake. This is a 5-mile moderate-to-strenuous loop hike that begins at the 140-foot high Coyote Dam built in 1936. On our journey, we will learn about the park's natural features as well as the history of the Ohlone Native Americans who lived in this area for 4,000 years. On the first half of our trip, we will ascend a gradual hill and enjoy panoramic views of the valley and then descend to our picnic area by the lake. Our return path affords us views of Coyote Lake.

Location: Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park in Gilroy
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved picnic area and parking pass are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 6: Hike Along Stevens Creek Reservoir and Creek

BAO Stevens Creek Hike

Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a moderate 3-mile moderate, one-way hike along Stevens Creek Reservoir and the hills above the reservoir. While we walk through sycamore, cottonwood, big-leaf maple, and cercocarpus growth, we will learn about the importance of dams and reservoirs in regulating our water supply. We end with a picnic lunch by Stevens Creek.

Location: Stevens Creek County Park in Cupertino
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch and parking pass are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 3: The Hills of Calero Lake

BAO Calero Park Hike

This hike is also offered in March

Wednesday April 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a new hike at Calero Lake. This is a 3-mile, moderate-to-strenuous one-way walk along the rolling hills of Calero County Park while we learn about the history of the area starting with the Mexican Pueblos. We will end our journey with a picnic lunch.

Location: Calero County Park in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch is included.

Hike 7: FREE Birdwatching Along Alviso Sloughs FREE

BAO Alviso Marina Hike

Wednesday April 26, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Join us for a two-mile, flat leisurely journey along the sloughs led by an expert guide from the Audubon Society. At this time of year, we have a chance to see waterfowl and shorebirds such as Avocets, Stilts, Egrets, Cormorants, Phoebe, White Pelicans and Dowitchers. We end with a group picnic.

Location: Alviso Marina County Park in Alviso
Additional Benefits: Binoculars are available for your use.

Hike 8: The Valley of the Heart's Delight

BAO Coyote Valley Hike

Wednesday May 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

This is a moderate 4-mile gradual up- and downhill loop hike with views of the orchards and farmlands of Silicon Valley, once famously known as the Valley of the Heart's Delight. Along the way, we have stunning views of Mount Hamilton, Mount Umunhum and the entire Coyote Valley. We stop after 3 miles at an exquisite picnic destination with panoramic views before we head back down the hill.

Location: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch is included.

Hike 9: Ridge Walk and Winetasting

BAO Fremont Older Hike

Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us on a three-mile, moderate-to-strenuous loop tour of Coyote Ridge in the hills of Fremont Older Open Space Preserve above Cooper Garrod Vineyards. Along our way, we will learn about the history of the California Wine Industry. We will see native shrubs, grassland and trees including Blue Elderberry, Coyote Brush, Coast Live Oak and California Bay with some Buckeye and patches of chaparral and Toyon. We climb up to Maisie’s peak, the highest point in the park, for a 360 degree view of Silicon Valley and beyond. On clear days, San Francisco and Mount Tamalpais are visible to the north, Mount Hamilton to the east, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west, and Mount Umunhum to the south. We end at Cooper Garrod Winery for a picnic lunch followed by winetasting (optional).

Location: Fremont Older in Saratoga

Hike 10: Waterfalls and Redwoods Walk

BAO Uvas Canyon Park Hike

This hike is offered twice this month

Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Take a moderate-to-strenuous, three–mile loop hike with one 400 foot ascent and descent along the waterfall loop. We will stop to view three waterfalls, Black Rock, Basin and Upper Falls. Along the way, we will learn from a Save the Redwoods League expert about the state of our California Redwoods and the latest projects to protect and restore them. We end the day with a social picnic in our specially reserved group area in the woods.

Location: Uvas Canyon County Park in Morgan Hill
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved group area and parking pass are included. Hike is led by a redwoods expert. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 11: Waterfalls and Redwoods Walk

Wednesday June 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Take a moderate-to-strenuous, three–mile loop hike with one 400 foot ascent and descent along the waterfall loop. We will stop to view three waterfalls, Black Rock, Basin and Upper Falls. Along the way, we will learn from a Save the Redwoods League expert about the state of our California Redwoods and the latest projects to protect and restore them. We end the day with a social picnic in our specially reserved group area in the woods.

Location: Uvas Canyon County Park in Morgan Hill
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved group area and parking pass are included. Hike is led by a redwoods expert. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 12: Walk Along the South Rim of San Jose's Oldest Park

BAO Alum Rock Hike

This hike is offered twice this month

Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a new hike at Alum Rock Park. This is a 4 mile, one-way walk along the South Rim of San Jose's Oldest park with canyon and creek views along the way. In the early 1900's, this park was a famous health spa supplied by 27 natural mineral springs. We make a 600 ft descent into the valley and at the end of the hike, we stop at the historic mineral springs before our leisurely lunch at a reserved group area.

Location: Alum Rock Park in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved group area and parking pass are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 13: Walk Along the South Rim of San Jose's Oldest Park

Wednesday July 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a new hike at Alum Rock Park. This is a moderate 4 mile, one-way walk along the South Rim of San Jose's Oldest park with canyon and creek views along the way. In the early 1900's, this park was a famous health spa supplied by 27 natural mineral springs. We make a 600 ft descent into the valley and at the end of the hike, we stop at the historic mineral springs before our leisurely lunch at a reserved group area.

Location: Alum Rock Park in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved group area and parking pass are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.

Hike 14: Meander Above Stevens Creek Reservoir

BAO Picchetti Hike

This hike is offered twice this month

Wednesday August 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a new hike - a peaceful journey through four miles of the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve. We will walk on shady trails lush with ferns, large Oak and California Bay trees and Madrones, which lead to views of Stevens Creek Reservoir and the hillside to the east. After passing an old Apricot, Plum, and Pear orchard and a petite pond, we reach the winery where will eat a leisurely lunch at the historic Picchetti estate before our gradual downhill return trip. Wine tasting is optional.

Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino

Hike 15: Meander Above Stevens Creek Reservoir

Wednesday August 23, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a new hike - a peaceful journey through four miles of the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve. We will walk on shady trails lush with ferns, large Oak and California Bay trees and Madrones, which lead to views of Stevens Creek Reservoir and the hillside to the east. After passing an old Apricot, Plum, and Pear orchard and a petite pond, we reach the winery where will eat a leisurely lunch at the historic Picchetti estate before our gradual downhill return trip. Wine tasting is optional.

Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino

Hike 16: TBA

Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Hike 17: Ancient Oaks of Russian Ridge

BAO Russian Ridge Hike

Wednesday September 27, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a five-mile, moderate hike along the hills and through the ancient oaks of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. This is an ideal spot for ridge views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, we will learn about the history and nature of this open space. At the end of our walk, we will enjoy a picnic lunch on the grassy hillside.

Location: Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in Los Altos
Additional Benefits: We will meet at Saratoga Library and be transported as a group by bus to the park. Picnic lunch will be provided.

Hike 18: Hike Out to Drawbridge Ghost Town

BAO Mallard Slough Hike

Wednesday October 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a guided four-mile, flat walk along the Mallard Slough Trail that runs around a large salt pond. We have a chance to see a wide array of waterfowl including the Avocet, Bittern, Coot, Belted Kingfisher, Black-bellied Plover, Herons, Black-necked Stilt, Canvasback, Junco, Dunlin and more. Binoculars will be available for your use. Along the way, we will learn about the salt pond and marsh habitats and visit the ghost town of Drawbridge. We end with a social picnic by the Artesian Slough. After lunch, enjoy the exhibits at the Environmental Educational Center on your own.

Location: Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in Alviso
Additional Benefits: Binoculars are available for your use.

Hike 19: Experience Santa Clara County's Newest Park

BAO Rancho San Vicente Hike

This hike is also offered in November

Wednesday October 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Enjoy a Fall hike at the newest Santa Clara County park. While we traverse the four–mile moderate loop hike, we will learn about the geology and history of the area. We will end with a social picnic lunch.

Location: Rancho San Vicente in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Parking fee is included.

Hike 20: Experience Santa Clara County's Newest Park

This hike is also offered in October

Wednesday November 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Enjoy a Fall hike at the newest Santa Clara County park. While we traverse the four–mile moderate loop hike, we will learn about the geology and history of the area. We will end with a social picnic lunch.

Location: Rancho San Vicente in San Jose
Additional Benefits: Parking fee is included.

Hike 21: Coyote Lake and the Ohlone Indians

BAO Coyote Lake Park Hike

Wednesday November 15, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a new hike at Coyote Lake. This is a 5-mile moderate-to-strenuous loop hike that begins at the 140-foot high Coyote Dam built in 1936. On our journey, we will learn about the park's natural features as well as the history of the Ohlone Native Americans who lived in this area for 4,000 years. On the first half of our trip, we will ascend a gradual hill and enjoy panoramic views of the valley and then descend to our picnic area by the lake. Our return path affords us views of Coyote Lake.

Location: Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park in Gilroy
Additional Benefits: Picnic lunch in reserved picnic area and parking pass are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.

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Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Audubon_Society
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