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#PixinParks 2020

Hiking librarian at the 2018 #PixinParks Almaden park photo op

Magnificent Parks

Did you know the Santa Clara County Park system has 28 parks for public use? Hiking is a great way to discover more about nature and yourself. Thanks to the #PixinParks challenge offered by the Santa Clara County Parks department, hikers are encouraged to enjoy 7 selected parks & trails. Hiking can seem challenging, but with this blog I hope to offer a new hikers perspective into the great outdoors. In this series I will discuss the parks picked for the challenge, the family friendliness, pet friendliness, likes/dislikes, and how to overcome challenges faced. I will also provide tidbits of hiking safety and hiking etiquette. Comment below with other information you'd like to hear about hiking or Santa Clara County Parks.

#PixinParks Challenge 2020



Back for the fourth year in a row, the #PixinParks hiking challenge begins February 2020! The Santa Clara County Parks department has selected 7 local parks and trails for hikers to traverse.

The #PixInParks challenge asks park goers to hike 7 trails, find designated photo ops, take a selfie and post to social media! Once completed, you can pick up a commemorative t-shirt or bandanna at the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Administration office.

The #PixinParks challenge ends December 15, 2020! This gives adventurers 11 months to complete all 7 challenges and post photos to social media. Follow #PixinParks on instagram to see fellow hiker’s photos or follow my blog here on the SJPL website to learn more about #PixinParks and hiking.

Featured Parks

Bee on a flower
Bee on a flower, Sequoia National Park ©Brandy Maldonado

The Coyote Lake Harvey Bear county park challenge features a 5.5 mile moderate hike with brilliant views of Coyote Valley and wildflowers during the spring.

The Chitactac Adams county park located in Gilroy is a 1/4 mile loop featuring the history of Ohlone Native Americans and Uvas creek.

The Los Gatos Creek county park is a 4.1 mile paved walk prominent with local wildlife such as turtles, egrets, ducks, geese, heron, and belted kingfishers.

The Santa Teresa county park challenge is a 2.9 mile moderately rated loop with little to no shade cover so bring a hat!

The Sanborn county park challenge is 4.2 miles of hiking in pine, redwood and oak forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Almaden Quicksilver county park offers a 4.52 mile loop hike featuring extensive history of the Almaden Quicksilver mercury mine.

The EdLevin county park challenge is a 3.78 hike with local wildlife such as deer, turkey, raptors, quail, and owls.

For more information on ADA alternate routes check the #PixinParks information sheet or the #PixinParks website.

Happy Hiking!

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