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Directional sign to Joseph D. Grant County Park begins at the ascent of SR 130 to Mount Hamilton.

Grant Ranch Park is the largest park in Santa Clara County, California, USA.[1] Created in the 1970s, this public park amounts to 9,553 acres (38.7 km²) in size. Also known as Joseph D. Grant County Park, this site is situated in the eastern foothills of Santa Clara Valley. This park is known for mountain biking,[2] birdwatching and hiking. Grant Ranch Park is situated in the inner coast ranges 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.[3] 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 Mt. Hamilton drop into Smith Creek which forms the eastern boundary of the Park. Some of the special status biota within Grant Ranch Park are the Burrowing owl and the Western pond turtle.

Joseph D Grant Ranch Park, Corral Trail, Midsummer
Joseph D Grant Ranch Park, Grant Lake, midwinter

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37°20′44″N 121°41′14″W / 37.3454951°N 121.6871701°W / 37.3454951; -121.6871701[4]

References

  1. ^ Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department Official Site: Joseph Grant Ranch County Park
  2. ^ Mountain Biking in Grant Ranch Park
  3. ^ Biology Study for Joseph Grant County Park, Santa Clara County, California, Earth Metrics inc, prepared for the County of Santa Clara, Report #7978, October 4, 1989
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Joseph D Grant County Park
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