#PixInParks 2019

Young woman sits on a rock that overlooks a hillside view. The woman is smiling, has a hat on and is holding a backpack in her lap.

Here I am at the Santa Teresa County Park, Stile Ranch to Fortini Trail. 2018 Pix in Parks Challenge photo op. ©Brandy Maldonado.

If you love hiking, you've been waiting for the weather to clear to get back outside! Ready or not, it is time to get back to the great outdoors!

Let's go for a hike!

Hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors with friends, family or solo! Since moving to the bay area I have tried my best to take advantage of all the local hiking spots. There is a lot of hiking available to bay area residents, and at times it can seem overwhelming (Hike them all!). Utilizing the resources made available to me at my local San Jose Public Library, I was able to discover some of the best hikes in the bay. Here are three of the books I used to discover new trails:

Best Easy Day Hikes San Jose60 Hikes within 60 MilesOne Night Wilderness San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a challenge?

Sometimes I need a little guidance when picking a park to hike. Is it an easy trail? How long is it? Do I have to pay? These are all questions I look to be answered when searching for a new place to hike. Discovering the #PixInParks challenge was a great solution to my endeavor. This challenge answers all my questions and gives me seven new parks to hike! Back for the third year in a row, the Santa Clara County Parks department is challenging Santa Clara County residents to hike seven magnificent parks! The parks department has pre-selected seven Santa Clara County parks and one trail in each park for this photo challenge.

Calero County ParkCoyote Creek TrailMedoza to Rancho La Polka TrailYerba Buena, Loop, McCreery TrailsMartial Cottle TrailRock Springs to Upper Miller TrailGrizzly Flat TrailSeven Magnificent Adventures 2019

Click on each photo to discover trail maps and photo op markers.

This challenge encourages local residents to visit the great outdoors and discover more about your community. Once participants have completed the challenge, you can receive a commemorative tee or bandana to show off your amazing hiking skills!

The Challenge

Each participant will be asked to find a pre-determined scenic view, landmark or destination marker on each trail to take a photo with. After snapping a selfie, participants are encouraged to post on social media with the hashtag, #PixInParks and park name. After you have successfully taken the best seven selfies of all time, submit your information and pick up your tee or bandana at the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Administration office. Be ready to show off your #PixInParks selfies!

purple bandanapurple t-shirt, front and back

Ready, set, hike!

The 2019 #PixInParks challenge began January 8, 2019 and the last date to pick up your prize is December 1. For more information on the #PixInParks challenge, visit their website. See you on the trail!

Further Reading on Hiking

Smart & Savvy HikingSlow JourneysNorthern California Hiking

Special thanks to our friends at the Santa Clara County Parks Department for making this challenge available for Santa Clara County residents.


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