Back for the 6th year in a row, the Santa Clara County Parks department is challenging Santa Clara County residents to hike 7 of the 28 county parks! These parks were chosen to show the diverse and beautiful nature of Santa Clara County.
The #PixinParks challenge asks park goers to hike 7 trails, find designated photo ops to take a selfie. Challengers are encouraged to post selfies to social media using the PixinParks, county park, and trail hashtags (#). Check out the challenge hashtags on social media to engage with your community.
The 2022 #PixinParks challenge began May 1, 2022!
Click on the name of each park to discover more about the #PixinParks challenge featured
- Santa Teresa: 3 mile out and back hike, rated moderate.
- Ed Levin: 1.8 mile loop with moderate rating
- Mt. Madonna: 3.8 mile loop, rated moderate.
- Coyote Lake Harvey Bear: 2 mile easy loop.
- Almaden Quicksilver: 3.5 mile loop with moderate rating.
- Upper Stevens Creek: 4.4 mile loop with strenuous rating.
- Sanborn: 4.9 mile out and back hike with moderate rating.
Listed parks may have limited parking or a parking fee. Please check the park website for park closures. For county park ADA requests contact the ADA coordinator at ADACoordinator@prk.sccgov.org.
After taking selfies at each destination marker, submit your completion form here. Posting selfies on social media is encouraged but not required to collect a prize. Email your selfies to the Parks and Recreation office to receive a FREE commemorative t-shirt or bandanna while supplies last!
The 2022 #PixinParks challenge ends the December 15, 2022. For more information on the #PixinParks challenge or the prizes contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Safety Tips
Here are some tips to stay safe and healthy during your #PixinParks journey.
- Be sure to take a companion with you to the park. If you decide to hike alone, be sure to let others know where you are and when you'll be back.
- In case of an emergency, be sure to bring your cellphone.
- Always bring a form of identification with you.
- Be aware of your surroundings! If you are going to wear headphones, make sure you keep an earbud in only one ear and at a low volume.
- Be sure to warm up! Avoid muscle cramps by stretching before and after your hike.
- Wear lots of sunscreen. Many of the trails have intermittent shade cover, avoid sun damage by wearing a hat and using SPF.
- Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your hike.
- Be prepared for small cuts or injuries by bringing a first aid kit.
- Most importantly, go at your own pace! Remember its not about how fast you can complete the challenge, it's about having fun and being safe!
Special thanks to our friends at the Santa Clara County Parks Department for making this challenge available for Santa Clara County residents.