If getting off the couch is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then Santa Clara County Parks has an offer you shouldn’t refuse. It’s called the “Pix in Parks” challenge. Rangers and staff have handpicked seven trails, known for their scenic sparkle. Hike all seven, take a selfie or a group photo at each designated vista, and come down to the Santa Clara County Parks administrative office to pick up a free T-shirt.
“With 28 parks and over 52,000 acres, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to start,” says Carrie Grisenti, Santa Clara County Parks Outdoor Recreation Coordinator. “We found that a little guidance — sometimes just a start and finish point on a trail — can make it a lot easier for people to get out and enjoy these beautiful areas.”
Seven Beautiful Parks
The seven trails offer a sampling of some of the spectacular scenery that is right in our own backyard. Adventures range in length from a 1.7-mile hike to the lookout at Villa Montalvo to a 6.6 mile trek through Sanborn Park. Most of the hikes are moderate, but there’s an easy loop through Joseph D. Grant Park — you can even ride your bike on that one! Those looking for a more challenging trail can try the strenuous 4-mile hike up to Bald Peak at Calero County Park.
The Pix In Parks Challenge runs through December 1st. Visit the #PixInParks Challenge page on the Santa Clara County Parks website for full details, as well as tips for getting the most out of your hike. See you outside!