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Calaveras Road, Milpitas



A nice winding road along side the Calaveras reservoir through East bay hills


16 miles one way

Driving Time

1 hr

Seasonal Notes

The hills will be lush green after rainy season (winter – spring). And the hills will be golden brown during summer/fall

Insider Tips

Not a lot of traffic on weekends. But during weekdays, you will have the road to pretty much to yourself.

Starting Points

Google maps route (click to open in maps)


This is one of my favorite drives. It is so close to the cities and 680 freeway, but feels like another world. You will be driving by pastures, cows (yes live ones!) and a very pretty Calaveras reservoir.

The hills will be golden brown during Summer months. And they turn lush green with the rain.

You can start this drive in the South side in Milpitas or on the North side in Sunol.

At some stretches the road is very narrow and only has single lane. There are lot of blind curves. And watch out for fallen rocks. Also watch for cyclists!

Interesting Points Along the Route

Calaveras Reservoir

Calaveras reservoir – A very pretty lake along the route. Note, there is no access to the lake as it is a part of drinking water for Santa Clara county.

Calaveras reservoir in June 2021 (Photo credit: Ludwig von Ruhm. Creative Commons License)
Calaveras reservoir (Photo credit: Sujee Maniyam)

Sunol Regional Wilderness

At the north end of the drive, you will go through very pretty Sunol Regional Wilderness. There are lot of hiking trails and picnic areas.

Sunol Regional Wilderness website

Sunol visitor center has lot of information about hiking trails and attractions.

Little Yosemite picnic area is definitely worth checking out!

More Resources

Hiking trails in the Sunol Park from RedwoodHikes.com

Modern hiker

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