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Motorcycle County Park

Published on: 4/28/2016 1:55 PM
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Plan Your Trip to Motorcycle Park

Hours of Operation

The park is open Thursday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The park is open on ALL holidays that do not fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Hours vary seasonally.

Activities

Motorcycle; Picnicking; Interpretive Program; Dogs on Leash

Weather

Contact Info

Motorcycle Park
300 Metcalf Rd
San Jose, CA 95138

(408) 226-5223 (park office)
parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org

Senior Park Ranger:
Mike Maximovich 408.315.8289
mike.maximovich@prk.sccgov.org

Senior Park Maintenance Worker: Drew Merry 408.335.9642
drew.merry@prk.sccgov.org


Contact Motorcycle Park directly at 408.226.5223 to register for this Jr. Ranger program.

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The park is always closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

RED STICKER RIDING SEASON UPDATE

After further clarification and research into the California Off-Highway Vehicle regulations and the intent behind the exceptions to the Red Sticker Riding Seasons we have come to the conclusion that it will not be possible for the Department to eliminate or modify the established Red Sticker Riding Season for Metcalf Motorcycle Park (MCP). Call the park office at (408) 226-5223 for more information.

Red Sticker Riding Schedule for Metcalf Motorcycle Park: October 1 - April 30

Welcome to Metcalf OHV County Park, the County park system's only off-road vehicle park. This 459-acre park is located in the grass covered hills of south east Santa Clara Valley. Motorcycle County Park offers trails for the advanced and beginner motorcyclist and ATV rider. In addition to the 20 miles of dirt trails, there are motocross tracks and a Quarter Midget track, picnic areas and restroom facilities.

The park is located in the foothills off Metcalf Road in south San Jose east of US Highway 101. The park may be accessed from the Bernal Road exit off Highways 101 and 85. From the Bernal Road exit, proceed west about 0.2 miles to Monterey Highway south. Take Monterey Highway south 1.25 miles to Metcalf Road. Turn left and proceed up Metcalf Road 2.5 miles to the park entrance.


Activities

Motorcycle Park's 459 acres contain over twenty miles of OHV trail and tracks. Straddling a thousand foot high ridge, these park trails afford riders vistas ranging from Gilroy to San Francisco. The park facilities include:

  • Motocross competition track
  • Mini-motocross track (150cc four stroke or 100cc two stroke or less)
  • Beginner's oval
  • 12 miles of main trails (beginners/intermediate)
  • 8 miles of single track enduro (expert) trails
  • Hill climb area
  • Trials Obstacle Courses (3) 
  • Shaded picnic areas, restrooms, visitor center, food/drink vending machines
  • A 1/20th mile paved oval track operated by the Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Association, for quarter midget racing and practice.​

In addition to a restroom building, there are picnic tables located at several locations. No tools will be loaned from the office.


View Metcalf Motorcycle Park for current trail conditions, park hours and special events!

Hours and Fees


The Park is open Thursday through Monday and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The park is open on ALL holidays that do not fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Hours vary seasonally.

The following fee rates are in effect as of May 1, 2007. Fees are subject to change, call the park office at (408) 226-5223 to confirm current fee rates.

(Note: Annual passes may be available. For more information, inquire at the park office or call the park office at the number noted above).

Special Events

None are scheduled.


Junior OHV Rangers Program

Santa Clara County Parks presents the Jr. Ranger OHV Program at Metcalf Motorcycle County Park.

Do you like to ride dirt bikes and are you curious about nature?
Want to learn to be a wildlife detective?
What is riparian and is it important?
Look inside an owl pellet and see the food web.
Take a trip to a riparian habitat.
Explore the habitats of bobcats, raccoons, frogs, birds & fish.
Become a Junior Ranger.

biker riding on trailIf this sounds interesting to you, you’re between the ages of 9-12 (4-6 grade), and you’ve never been a Santa Clara County Jr. Ranger, then the Santa Clara County Parks Department would like to invite you to be a Jr. Ranger.

Jr. Ranger Programs run for six consecutive weeks, meeting on Saturday starting at 9:00 am, for three hours and will be offered at Metcalf Motorcycle County Park during the spring and fall (Spring 2013 program starts on 4/20/13 through 5/25/13 campout on June 1-2, 2013). During the program, Jr. Rangers will be introduced to six different topics: Duties of a Ranger, Natural Resources, Plant Life, Wildlife, Habitats, and Ohlone Native Americans. Through various hands-on activities, games, hikes and rides Jr. Rangers will learn ways to help preserve and protect their local Parks. Activities include: learning to identify animal prints and pick out signs that tell when an animal has been in the area; learning how to be a responsible rider; and understanding how animals and humans depend upon the natural world for survival.

The program is free! The first day each Jr. Ranger will be given a Jr. Ranger Jersey and logbook which is theirs to keep. A Jr. Ranger badge and certificate will be awarded based on attendance and behavior. Graduating Jr. Rangers will also be invited to an overnight campout.

For registration forms or more information call the office.


Training

The Novice Oval will be closed during ATV training. For more information on ATV training call 1-800-887-2887 or visit their website at www.atvsafety.org. Motorcycle training information call 1-887-288-7093 or visit their website at www.dirtbikeschool.com.


OHV Requirements

As a Santa Clara County Parks & Rec requirement, all OHV users must wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet at all times while operating the vehicle on the park premises. SCC ORD B14-45.1(b)(2) Motorcycle Park-Helmet Required

For your safety and the safety of others, Off-Highway Vehicles must never be operated in a manner likely to endanger any person or property.

State and Federal law prohibit operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This applies equally to the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles, including those statues prohibiting drinking while driving (CVC 23220), and drinking in a motor vehicle (CVC 23221).


Motorcycles and ATV’s must meet state sound requirements.

Here are some 'sound tips' that will help protect your right to ride:

OHV Sound Regulation & Enforcement

On January 1, 2003, California off-highway vehicle noise regulations changed. If your off-highway vehicle was manufactured:



If your competition* off-highway vehicle was manufactured:



Here are some 'sound tips' that will help protect your right to ride:

Off-Highway Vehicles must not be operated in a manner creating off-trail damage or disturbance to soil, vegetation, or wildlife resources. Excessive OHV related damage to forest resources could lead to temporary or permanent closures.



OHV Registration

    

California residents must have a Green Sticker, Red Sticker, or current highway license plate for all motor vehicles being operated on public lands. Registration Identification Certificate must be kept with the vehicle along with the Identification, Green or Red Sticker. CVC 38085 Identification Certificate Kept with Vehicle.


California Green Sticker or Red Sticker:

If you are going to operate a motorized vehicle off-highway only, you must have either a current non voided Green or Red Sticker that has been issued by the DMV. The Green Sticker allows vehicles to operate on public land all year. The Red Sticker is for motorcycles an ATV’s model year 2003 and newer that do not meet the emission standards established by (CARB) California Air Resources Board. If the vehicle has a 3 or a C in the eighth position of the (VIN) Vehicle Identification Number, then it does not meet the emission standards and should be issued a Red Sticker. The Red Sticker is exactly the same as the Green Sticker EXCEPT that these vehicles can only be operated during certain times of the year.


METCALF OHV PARK – RED STICKER SEASON

Off-Highway Vehicles that have been issued a Red Sticker can operate from:
OCTOBER 1 – APRIL 30.

RED STICKER OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES MAY RIDE ALL YEAR ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND IN MOST NATIONAL FORESTS. Always call ahead before you plan a trip!



GREEN STICKER OR RED STICKER PLACEMENT REQUIREMENT:



Newly purchased OHVs must have proof of temporary registration or current registration in the new owner’s name.

***APPLYING YOUR REGISTRATION STICKER***

For better adhesion, clean surface thoroughly, remove any old stickers. Note, once sticker has been placed, removing the sticker will void the registration sticker, this now is no longer a valid sticker. (CVC) 38090 Lost or Mutilated/illegible ID Plate

registration sticker

A Green or Red Sticker can be applied to a fork sleeve and attached to the fork to preserve the sticker from damage. The fork sleeve with sticker MUST BE APPLIED TO FORK WITH A PIPE CLAMP to meet CVC 38170(b) Off-Highway Vehicles; I.D. Plate Display


NON-RESIDENT PERMITS


All vehicles operated off-highway on public lands in California are required to be (1) street-licensed or(2) registered as an off-highway vehicle )OHV), If you are visiting California from another state and your vehicle does not have a current registration from your home state, you MUST purchase a California Non-Resident OHV Use Permit before you recreate on public lands. The permit fee is $30. CVC38087.5 Off-Highway Motor Vehicle; Non Resident Permits


Nonresident Permit Vendor List (PDF)
OHV Permit Order Form (PDF)


Arizona Visitors

Please refer to the Arizona OHV Decal Program web page for updated information.

 

SPARK ARRESTORS:

Off-Highway Vehicles MUST be equipped with a properly installed United States Forest Service (USFS) approved spark arrestor, maintained in effective working order. (CVC 38366 (b)) Spark Arrester

  



Only motorcycles are allowed on the Motocross Track and on the expert trails. No ATVs or ATCs are permitted on the Motocross Track or expert trails (black diamond).


Appropritae Safety Gear

We only require an OHV rider to wear a fastened DOT approved helmet. Although we recommend each rider equips themselves with all of the gear listed below.

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APPROPRIATE SAFETY GEAR

Trail Markings.

All trails are one way. Proper direction of travel and trail difficulty will be indicated on carsonite posts and will appear as follows:

Trail Markings 

RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND

WEAR REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Off-highway vehicle use may be hazardous. Use of protective apparel, skill levels, vehicle condition, terrain, weather, common sense and following the park rules, all affect your safety.

In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ('ADA'),the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.​​​​

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