Where? : Located in the mountains east of San Jose half way to mount Hamilton Lick observatory.
What? : Very large park with mountain and large valley, lake, old oak forest and open meadows.
When? : Year round park, I’m visiting this park at list every other month and enjoy it every time.
Due note 1: The park was not seriously damage by the summer 2020 fires, only some sections were burned but overall it was saved by the fire-fighters.
Due note 2: Parking at Lake and Twin Gate parking lot are being closed at sunset and if you park on the side of hwy 130 you may get a ticket.
Due note 3: Most of the park open spec is also used for cattle grazing, need to walk without intimidate the cows, take a safe distance.
Due note 4: The park is open to mountain bikes although trails may have a lot of climbing.
My thoughts: This is probably my favorite large parks near the south bay. Only 40 min drive and you have real nature experience, lakes mountains water ponds and many animals and birds.
Highly recommended park !!!