See a few more pictures in my Picasa album.
Back to the Cupertino Courier article (and likely an article shared by sisters publications through the Mid-Peninsula), it highlights a few great running and hiking places indeed:
- Rancho San Antonio: amazing variety of trails. Nice authentic farm, 1 mile from the parking lots. The outside loop is 9.5 miles and includes Rogue and PG&E. You can reach the top of Black Mountain (2,800-feet) via either Chamise Trail (7.5 miles to the top) or a connector at the top of PG&E. As noted above, the parking lots tend to fill-up as soon as the park opens around 6:30 am on weekends!
- Fremont Older: limited parking but nice view point over Cupertino and the Bay. Connects to the Stevens Creek County Park.
- Stevens Creek County Park: this is the "headquarters" of our Stevens Creek Striders running club in Cupertino. You can join the group on Saturday mornings at 8:30, check the club website.
- Stevens Creek Trail. Starts in Sunnyvale and gets you all the way to the Palo Alto Baylands through Shoreline in Mountain View. Asphalt bike path from Sunnyvale to Palo Alto. Several drinking fountains on the course. The dream is to connect the Bay to the hills and the Stevens Creek reservoir in particular but it's going to take many more years to get through Cupertino and Los Altos where many properties extend to the creek itself (you can track the progress of the trail development on the Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail website, and also consider joining us for the Trailblazer 5 and 10K races next week!)
- Saratoga Creek Trail. As the article says, this is a short 1-mile section of trails along the very busy Lawrence Express Way. I would have rather mentioned the newly opened trail sections along Highway 85 and the rail track from Stevens Creek in Cupertino to Winchester Boulevard in Los Gatos, through Saratoga and Campbell.
- John Christian Greenbelt. For those living in Sunnyvale, it connects to the Baylands Park and Bay Trail along Clabazas Creek Trail.
- Baylands Park. In the context of this article, it's the Sunnyvale Baylands Park, but Palo Alto has its own Baylands Park near the municipal golf and airport.
I often said it in this blog, we are so blessed with so many accessible and perfectly maintained parks. See you on the trails then!
Football legend, Terry Bradshaw (4 super bowls as the Steelers' quarterback, and still a very active figure of this sport). I'm not into football but what an interesting and vocal character, with so many life lessons to share!