Ed Levin County Park - TRAIL

Ed Levin County Park - Trail, Milpitas, California

The only trail currently open to mountain bikers in Santa Clara County's Ed R. Levin County Park, the Agua Caliente-Calera Creek trail combination is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. From Mission Peak Regional Preserve at the Alameda County line, it drops steeply to the park's parking lot. It's about two miles long.

User Reviews (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2  
Lost Biker   Weekend Warrior [Aug 23, 2009]

Update - After 3 years since the first review, nothing has changed. Still only one trail open to mountain bikers. Pathetic.

Customer Service

Didnt ride the park but visited the park and took the doggie to the off-leash park inside.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
imtnbke   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2006]

This trail is so bad, and this park's treatment of mountain bikers is so insulting, that it's hard to know where to begin.

So I'll start with the park brochure. It says, "Hiking, cycling, horseback riding," etc., "are popular activities at Ed Levin Park." It continues, "Hikers, equestrians, and cyclists may enjoy the park's 19 mile trail system." So far so good. But then there's the disclaimer, which swallows everything that precedes it: "[T]he Bay Area Ridge Trail traverses the park, and is the only trail open to cyclists." In other words, you can have your Model T in any color you want, as long as it's black.

And what an awful two miles of trail the Bay Area Ridge Trail is in this park. From the EBRPD's Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Agua Caliente Trail runs about a half-mile to a junction with Calera Creek Trail, which drops steeply down to a flat section that parallels a golf course. The surface consists of roughly plowed dirt clods, so you're fighting your way against major rolling resistance. It's littered with cowpies. The beginning of Calera Creek Trail is a steep and loose descent that might cow beginning or intermediate riders (and if that doesn't cow them, the literal cows blocking the trail might). There are also one or two muddy sections to add to one's unenjoyment -- this after many dry summer months.

When you arrive at the parking lot after this dreary descent, you'll notice that other trailheads are bristling with unfriendly no-bikes signs. But most of those trails look so wretched that only a masochist would want to ride them anyway.

It would be interesting to know if any of the higher-elevation trails are decent, but they're all off-limits to bikes. If anyone else agrees with me about Ed Levin County Park, maybe an e-mail to the parks department would be in order: http://www.parkhere.org.

Customer Service

Enter from Mission Peak Regional Preserve and descend to the Ed R. Levin County Park parking lot.

Similar Products Used: I liked climbing from Ohlone College up the Peak Trail in Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Showing 1-2 of 2  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.