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Half & full day motorcycle adventures

Published on: 6/11/2014 1:18 PM
Half & Full Day Motorcycle Adventures - Kickstart your weekend with a 2 for 1 Park Entry discount! Click Here
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Many of our 28 gorgeous Santa Clara County Parks are remote enough to make excellent destinations for weekend motorcycle rides. So here’s your chance to stay local and still get some bugs in your teeth. Destination rides are ideal to meet, chat, picnic or just take a break in the shade and enjoy the scenery.

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2 motorcycles enter any Santa Clara County Park for the price of 1
Solo bike entry regularly $6. Motorcyclists only, by coupon only.
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Ten parks in particular offer scenic, diverse, or lightly traveled back-road routes there and back. So dress to hit the road, buddy up and ride safe. (Click on the park name for detailed park information and individual park maps.)

North County Rides West:

  • Stevens Creek Reservoir
    Head south on Foothill Expy from 280 to find this beautiful 1,077 acre park. Enjoy the 92-acre reservoir and explore the remnants of the historic Villa Maria orchard.
  • Sanborn County Park
    Continue on Mt Eden Road and make a right on 9 out of Saratoga. Just before the narrow bridge turn left up Sanborn Road where you’ll find this lushly wooded park, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. Turn your ride into an awesome all day affair by backtracking to 9 and wind your way up to the old 4 corners at 9 and Skyline. South on Skyline/Summit is one of the most fun, least traveled roads in the county. Return to civilization and 17 via Black or Bear Mtn. roads. A caveat, past the Black Road left, Summit to Bear Mtn is very technical and not recommended for first timers.
  • Lexington Reservoir
    Visit the easy way via 17 out of Los Gatos, or if you were on Summit south to Bear Creek, finish out Bear Creek at 17, cross and do the scenic loop around this magnificent 475 acre man made reservoir (available for shore-line fishing).

North County Rides East:

  • Ed Levin County Park
    The ride here is short but sweet. Great place to park, hike in and watch the hang gliders. For a longer adventure afterwards, continue up Calaveras, past the reservoir and enjoy the long beautiful ride out to Sunol, returning via 680.
  • Joseph D. Grant County Park
    The king of Santa Clara County Parks. Two ways in, both somewhat challenging for beginning riders so take your time. Either Alum Rock to Mt. Hamilton/130 or Quimby from Tully and 101. You’ll find lots of history here surrounded by untouched scenery and marvelous wildlife. For an unparalleled day ride continue up over Mt. Hamilton with a break at Lick Observatory and finish the long ride north to Livermore. Return via 680.

South County Rides:

  • Anderson Lake
    South on 101 to Cochrane east to the dam or take Dunne to the south end and the rolling, oak-studded foothills.
  • Calero Reservoir
    South on Almaden Expy to gently twisting McKean Road, or up Dunne Ave from Santa Teresa/Bailey to the Calero boat launch/picnic area. Option there to continue south on Uvas Road to Chesbro.
  • Chesbro Reservoir (free entry)
    Calero to Uvas Reservoir is one of south bay motorcyclists’ finest country back roads. After Calero on Uvas Road, go left on Oak Glen finishing at Morgan Hill or San Martin, returning on 101 north.
  • Uvas Canyon County Park
    Next stop on Uvas is this beautiful canyon park and an all day adventure in itself. Low and slow through the community of Solvang and then enter and park. Great hiking trails are waiting to be explored.
  • Chitactac-Adams County Park (free entry)
    Backtrack to Uvas Road from Uvas Canyon and continue south. There’s a rest area at the Uvas Reservoir sailboat launch. After turning right on Watsonville Road and winding past several vineyards, watch on your right for historic Chitactac Adams County Park.
  • Mt. Madonna County Park​
    If Joseph Grant is the king of county parks, Mt. Madonna is the queen. There are two ways into this gem of county parks, one is perfect for adventure bikes comfortable on a rough, unimproved road. Just past Chitactac Adams turn right on Redwood Retreat Road, then left on the mostly dirt uphill Mt. Madonna Road.

    Left again on Summit Road and you’re in the Park. Or take the equally scenic but less challenging ride out Watsonville Road and turn right on Hecker Pass/152. Right again on Summit Road just before you crest the pass. The Ranger kiosk is at the top of the hill. 
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