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I like SCC parks a ton. They are efficient with resources and provide access to the 56k acres of land. Biking is allowed where appropriate. They allowed ebiking 3 years ago and the effective is being studied.

The rangers are amazing and are educated. They have programs at West Valley College and the students intern at SCC.

SCC parks takes care of not only the trails but all the land in between the trails. Other agency rangers don't really do that and hardly get out of the truck. When there's trees or digging to be taken care of, they contract it out to construction companies.

Night riding not allowed and that is the one big bummer.

The thing with SCC parks is they operate in the same population and area as Midpen, East Bay and Marin parks, so the contrast is even more apparent of how good SCC is especially to bikers.

Just my opinion and what I know so far about SCC Parks. Please chime in.

 

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I have in general a lot of good things to say about SCC parks. As you noted, way friendlier to mtn bikers than mid pen. At one of the park I used to go most often, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, they even built the "Valley Oak Trail" as Hiking/Bicycling only which you don't see often knowing how vocal the equestrian community is.

I've been following the last 2 years the development of the Coyote Canyon Park which will open up some open space for recreation purpose sandwiched between Harvey Bear Ranch, Henry Coe SP and and Anderson Lake. You can find out more about this here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/PlansProjects/introduction/Pages/Coyote-Canyon-CEQA-.aspx

I've also been hopeful that eventual Mt Madonna CP gets open up to bikes.

The only problem I've had is how badly they've let the cattle at Harvey Bear ruin the trails every year. I understand there is some agreement in place where they have to let grazing occur. But every winter/spring, cows get on the trail and make a mess on the trail. Which never gets fixed either. I know countless people that have complained yet we have seen zero progress on that.
 

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Agreed to what FC said.
I’ve always considered Santa Clara County Parks as one of the “good guys”. The fact they don’t look as us as criminals is a start. Mostly well maintained park facilities (signage, kiosks, map availability, restrooms, etc) and good programs for the kiddies. And my lifetime Senior Pass is über convenient!

Edit: I’ll add Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to the good guy list.
 

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They are Trail construction techniques are second to none
Given all their restrictions, the John Nicholas trail is an absolute marvel.

My daughter was recruited to work on that trail when she was ten years old on their group called the 'greenkeepers'. It was mostly an immersion experience to help kids appreciate nature and be a part of it.

They designed in 10 switchbacks so they could incorporate that massive rock in the trail. Soooooo much effort was spent to help users experience the rock and the creek at the bottom.

The trail is virtually waterproof because it has layers of foundation.
 
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