The Saratoga Quarry Park is nice municipal park for short hikes in the old quarry. It is also the starting point of Saratoga to Sea trail, long hike climbing the mountains.
The parking lot is located on highway 9 just 1 mile out of Old Town Saratoga, when driving look for the park entrance on your left (when coming from Saratoga).
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When? : Year round
Due note 1: The Saratoga Quarry Park is nice for short hikes or going with kids and having a picnic.
Due note 2: The park and the hiking trail are not for bike.
I really like the fact that you start to hike low in the valley, a short drive from home. The park is nice for short visit but not a must, the hike itself is long and climbing the mountain ridge, excellent for outdoor running.
The park has two sections, the lower part is nice small municipal park in an old Quarry cover the mountain slopes, the second part is a long trail connecting this park with Sam Trail section and from there to Sanborn park.
From here you can go up to skyline trail and continue all the way to the ocean (currently closed due to the fires in Big Basin Redwood State Park).
The local Saratoga Quarry Park is nice small park with many picnic tables along the trails so you can have break along your hike and visit (need to carry the food with you).
There is a small pound (when visited here it was almost completely dry), and few trails that climb the quarry hill side.
Saratoga to Sea (through Skyline) Trail
They just open (Nov. 2020) a long 5.1 miles hiking trail that connected over the mountains to Sam park and from there to Sanborn park trail system.