So this is my go-to park as it is basically right in my backyard – and what a park to have in your backyard!! Right now the poppies are everywhere along the trails so it is a really beautiful thing to see but it doesn’t last long. It is a less known park and therefore receives far less traffic.There are numerous access points as it bridges the two communities of Santa Teresa and Almaden with IBM sitting atop it all. The main access and picnic grounds are at the top of Bernal but you can also enter at the bottom of Bernal, Manila and Camino Verde (Joyce Bernal Gulnac Ranch), off Avenida Espana at the bow and arrow target practice area, and on the Almaden side on Mockingbird. For more info on mountain biking click here, and here for park info. For us who live near it, it is a great place to have to get those rides / hikes in and not have to drive far.
The terrain here is either fire roads or rocky singletrack trails. The fireroads can be steep and the sigletrack fairly technical due to the rockiness – which also makes them very fun! If you can climb up Rocky Ridge without putting your foot down you area having a good day! It is not a large park so for biking I usually connect a few loops usually starting at the entrance on Harry Rd. (actually a trail that runs by the creek and farms and dumps you out at the entrance on Mockingbird), and then ride up Stiles, up Rocky Ridge and then back again or some other loop. You only need to ride the park a couple of times and you will get a good idea of it.
This park can be extremely hot in the summer and there is little shade. One of the really cool attributes of this park is there is a lot of wildlife. Riding here I have seen many deer, bunnies, jack rabbits, coyote, turkeys and wild bore. Less often I see rattlesnakes, bobcats and tarantuala’s. I don’t want to scare you away but there are a lot of rattlesnakes in the area so just stay on the trail and keep your eyes and ears open and you should be fine. If you come at dusk or dawn you will see wildlife, guaranteed.