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Sanborn County Park, Saratoga

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Sanborn County Park is a public park situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains owned by the county of Santa Clara, California and managed by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. The 3453acre holding is heavily forested and offers hiking and other generally low intensity outdoor uses. The park lies between the town of Saratoga and the ridgetop road, Skyline Boulevard. In the summer months, Sanborn County Park hosts the only outdoor Shakespearean company in Silicon Valley.Overview for hikersExposed on the steep canyon eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sanborn County Park has one of the coolest summer climates of Santa Clara County’s parks. Towering redwood forests add to this eastern slope exposure in keeping hiking trails comfortable in the heavy use period, from June to September; moreover, there are abundant mixed forest locales having Coast live oak, Pacific madrone, Big leaf maple and Tanbark oak.The park features the first segment of the regional Bay Area Ridge Trail in Santa Clara County, which extends along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains to become the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which continues to the Pacific Ocean. This Bay Area Ridge Trail ultimately circumnavigates the entire Bay Area at a length of. The Sanborn and San Andreas trails ascend the eastern mountain slope, eventually joining the Cactus to Clouds Trail (AKA Skyline Trail) and Skyline Boulevard. Summit Rock, which is an established rock-climbing venue offers a panoramic outlook over Saratoga and the South Bay, lies at the upper limit of the park, but is readily reached from the Skyline Boulevard side.
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  • Great for a picnic and a hike up in the mountains. Great venue for live plays from Silicon Valley Shakespeare.  more »
  • Lovely maintained trails for hiking which are beautiful all year round. You can see the redwood trees that once covered the area in this preserve. I am not sure if you are allowed to camp there overni...  more »
  • Sanborn park is a short drive from Saratoga,its an amazing peaceful place for a trek, hike and camping.There were very few people in the park while we went.Tall trees and well laid walk ways for all l...  more »
  • This place is great for a moderately strenuous hike. Be prepared to hike with water and insect repellent. There is also lots of poison oak. Lots of views and scenery. The hike down is slightly steep so if you have hiking poles it's easier. Have fun!
  • good for car camping. beautiful scene, redwoods, lots of kids. it was a little crowded at the entrance of the park ( on the good side, it's good for group gatherings, play games, and doing barbecue). camp grounds are way up on the hills, for these have bad knees not a recommendation. otherwise it's a very neat camping place within such a close proximity to the town.
  • It's shady and not crowded. Trails can be challenging or for leisure walk. Sunset picnic in summer time is a joy.
  • This is a great space for picnic with friends and family. Nice shaded areas with picnic tables and open space for kids to play around. Parking was not too hard to find either. Keep in mind that cellphone reception is spotty or nonexistent.
  • Total wilderness!!! Great place to hike and explore wildlife. Beware of snakes. Always keep a stick in hand.

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