Hiking Anderson Lake County Park

I am still catching up on hiking posts from California. Anyway, one of my favorite hikes from the entire trip as the Anderson Lake County Park and Reservoir.

On the way up to San Francisco, my husband and I decided to stop at Anderson Lake also known as Anderson Reservoir. Located in Santa Clara County, it’s a 4,275-acre artificial lake.  There are plenty of activities including fishing, boating, and hiking.

While the hike itself is less than a mile to get from the park to the Reservoir, it’s scenic and beautiful. In fact, it was one of my favorite hikes on the entire trip. I was not expecting that!

When we first got to Anderson Lake Park, we were confused and thought “wow this is small”. We missed the turn to climb to the actual reservoir. We easily found it after a little searching. We like to think we took the “car scenic” way.

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

To get to the top, the trail itself is steep.  There isn’t any scrambling, but you do climb quickly. The top is worth it though. I don’t know what I was expecting, but everything I expected was blown out of the water.

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

You could definitely hike around the reservoir, but we were running out of daylight and time. I would love to come back sometime and do so!

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

On top of the dam

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

Dam selfie

After checking out the damn for a little while, we looked over at the view of mountains. You could see for miles, and with the sun setting, it was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

Hiking anderson park santa clara county

In all, it was one of my favorite hikes of the trip and that I’ve done period. Even though it’s only about a mile, it’s well worth the drive and stop.

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Hiked so high, almost touched the sky.

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Other California Hikes:

Mini Trip to Los Angeles

Hiking Calavera Hills Community Park

Questions for you:

Where is your favorite spot to watch the sunset?

Do you like hiking? Where is your favorite spot? 

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