Joseph D. Grant County Park, San Jose

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Joseph D. Grant County Park is the largest county park in Santa Clara County, California. Also known as Grant Ranch Park, this site is situated in the Diablo Range foothills of the eastern Santa Clara Valley. The park is one of 28 owned by Santa Clara County and managed by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.
Joseph D. Grant, son of a wealthy San Francisco merchant, began buying what had been the Rancho Cañada de Pala Mexican land grant. Grant used the property for grazing cattle, recreating, and hunting game. Joseph D. Grant died in 1942. Santa Clara County purchased approximately 9,553 acres (38.7 km2) of the land in 1975, and created this public park.

Joseph D. Grant County Park is situated in the Diablo Range, near Mount Hamilton. Elevations range from about 1,400 feet (427 m) in Halls Valley to peaks over 2,800 feet (853 m) on the Park's eastern edge. This upward gradient leads to even higher peaks in the crest of the range and to Mount Hamilton itself at 4,209 feet (1,283 m). The western slopes of Mount Hamilton drop into Smith Creek which forms the eastern boundary of the Park.

The park is known for mountain biking, birdwatching and hiking. Some of the special status biota within Joseph D. Grant County Park are the Burrowing owl and the Western pond turtle. The Park also offers camp sites.
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  • This is an excellent park to camp and get away from the city and into nature. We camped over a weekend and had a variety of birds visit our campsite, before we even left for the trails! At the... 
    This is an excellent park to camp and get away from the city and into nature. We camped over a weekend and had a variety of birds visit our campsite, before we even left for the trails! At the...  more »
  • I visited here with my son for some light hiking during the height of the pandemic. We were VERY careful (masks on, hand washing/sanitizing, social distance) and loved our little hike. We saw a... 
    I visited here with my son for some light hiking during the height of the pandemic. We were VERY careful (masks on, hand washing/sanitizing, social distance) and loved our little hike. We saw a...  more »
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  • My first visit to the park was very enjoyable. I went on trails which passed several lakes/ponds and saw an abundance of wildlife including deer, wild boar, great white egrets, and two varieties of hawks. A closer view of Lick Observatory can also been seen and there are a variety of buildings with historical significance. We took Mt. Hamilton road to get there which you should drive with caution as there are a lot of curves and is a road where bicyclists like to take. The trail markings aren’t the best so having an app like All Trails is helpful.
  • We had hiked here few years ago which was fantastic and had decided to camp here.. we finally camped this past weekend and it was great.. We were in camp 39(Snell campsite) which has a lot of holes in the ground (thanks to some animal) but we didn't make anything of it.. there is a lot of space between camps and the bathroom is also clean (only 1 shower thou).. some campsites have shade and a couple have none

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