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Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve Hike,
  Boccardo Loop Trail, 8/14/10


The Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve is a property of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. It is made up of 1696 acres of steep hills in the foothills east of San Jose and above Alum Rock Regional Park. The 3-mile Boccardo Loop Trail leads to the 1896-foot summit of the hills. The trail begins above the Todd Quick Trail on the north rim of Alum Rock Park. The Boccardo Trail is only accessible via Alum Rock Park so is effectively open only when Alum Rock Park is open. The Todd Quick Trail branches off the North Rim Trail, which can be accessed from several points in the park. The shortest access points are above the Rustic Lands and Big Bear picnic areas.


This is the end of the parking lot at Alum Rock Park at about 570 feet in elevation. Alum Rock Falls Road, which leads to the North Rim Trail, is on the left. Ahead is the Mineral Springs Loop Trail.


This historic bridge on the right leads across Penitencia Creek Park to the Big Bear Picnic Area, Youth Science Institute, Visitor Center, and Ranger office.


  Alum Rock Falls Road is paved and leads uphill. It makes a sharp U-turn to the east where it becomes a private road. The unpaved North Rim Trail (above) continues to the west and gradually climbs up the hillside parallel to the main park road.


The Weather Loop Trail branches off the North Rim Trail.


The is one of the weather stations on the Weather Loop Trail.


The Weather Loop Trail leads to the east leg of the Todd Quick Trail, which is a narrow single-track trail.


Looking down at the west branch of the Todd Quick Trail and the North Rim Trail. The Todd Quick Trail is a memorial to an Alum Rock Park ranger who died in 1991.


The Todd Quick Trail winds its way uphill. The Boccardo Trail hill looms above.


At the high point of the Todd Quick Trail, this cattle gate marks the start of the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve and the start of the Boccardo Loop Trail. Cattle are allowed to graze on the preserve at certain times of the year.


The plaque says, "The Boccardo Trail. In memory of John H. and Erminia Boccardo, Pioneers in Santa Clara County, who had much to do with its settlement." The trail leads to the top of the hill in the background.


The Boccardo Trail leading uphill.


 A short trail of 0.12 miles leads to a trail junction of the east and west legs of the loop trail. The west loop is shorter, 1.1 miles, but steeper. The east loop is 1.6 miles, with many switchbacks and is a more gradual ascent. Above is a view looking towards the east leg of the Boccardo Loop Trail.


On the west leg of the Boccardo Loop Trail, looking down towards the junction of the east and west legs.


Interpretive plaque on birds.


View southwest.


View northwest along the hills. Beyond the fence is private property.


View northwest of San Francisco Bay.


The trail makes its final ascent towards the hill on the right.


The hill runs along a deep ravine, on the other side of which is a private ranch.


This part of the trail runs through an oak woodland. As it rounds the hill, it reaches the junction with the Spur Trail.


View from the Spur Trail, looking at the trail junction of the east and west sides of the trail loop.


View of a stock pond and cattle grazing on the private ranch north of the preserve. The Spur Trail continues to the top of the hill.


The trail sign is near the summit of the hill. The hill is 1896 feet high.


View looking towards Lake Cunningham. In the background are the Evergreen Hills and the Santa Teresa Hills.


The sign talks about the views from the hill and the wildlife in the preserve. In the background is downtown San Jose.


Left side of the panorama on the Views sign.


Right
side of the panorama on the Views sign.


View looking west. Downtown San Jose is on the right. Penitencia Creek Park is in the center.


View looking northwest towards the Bay.


Looking back towards the hills on the closed part of the preserve.


Looking down towards the start of the east leg of the trail loop.


Looking southwest down along the west leg of the loop trail.


Looking towards Lake Cunningham and Eastridge Mall.


Looking towards Reid-Hillview Airport.


A flock of wild turkeys by the trail.


Interpretive sign on geology.


Looking east along the Boccardo Loop Trail towards the canyon of Alum Rock Park.


Looking south, the lower part of the trail can be seen. In the background is the south rim of Alum Rock Park.


Looking down the trail.


Looking back towards the hill at the top of the trail.


Ahead is the junction of the east and west legs of the loop trail.


Down below is the Todd Quick Trail and the hills south of Alum Rock Park.


View of downtown San Jose.


Just below the start of the Boccardo Trail, at the top of the Todd Quick Trail, is a picnic table under the shade of eucalyptus trees.


The west leg of the Todd Quick Trail runs down the hill with several switchbacks.


View from the west leg of the Todd Quick Trail, looking towards the North Rim Trail, which leads back to the trailhead.

Created by Ronald Horii, 8/14/10



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