“An open trail through the grass hills of Calero County Park with great views.
— Joan Pendleton
The park is open 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no fee when parking in the trailhead parking area.
Pena Trail is a great trail that climbs to awesome views. It is typically combined with other Calero County Park trails to do a loop hike. To get to Pena Trail from the parking area, take the Access Trail
that ends at Los Cerritos Trail
. Go right onto Los Cerritos Trail
. After 0.4 miles on Los Cerritos Trail
, a signpost marking the start of Pena Trail is reached. Go left onto Pena Trail.
Pena Trail immediately starts climbing as it heads into the tree studded grass hills of Calero County Park. As the trail climbs, the Diablo Range in the distance to the right/northeast, comes into view. To the left are wooded grass hills. Vallecito Trail
is passed on the left, followed by the end of Los Cerritos Trail
on the right.
After passing the Los Cerritos Trail
end, Pena Trail continues climbing to reach its high point at the 0.6 mile mark. From here, the trail bends right and then, almost immediately, left. As the trail bends left, an awesome view unfolds—the wooded grass hills with a backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the distance. Mt. Umunhum at 3,488 feet can be seen.
While enjoying these views, the trail descends slightly to end at a trail junction with Figueroa Trail
and Serpentine Loop Trail
Flora & Fauna
Grass hills with stands of oaks. Deer.