Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) is California State Parks’ first SVRA. Located in the Gabilan Mountains, just an hour’s drive south from San Jose, this unique SVRA features over 6,800 acres of scenic and varied terrain. One of the great things about Hollister is that it’s so close to Silicon Valley yet when you’re in the park itself, you feel like you’re a 1,000 miles away from all of that. Hollister Hills SVRA offers numerous off-highway vehicle (OHV aka street rigs, ATVs and motorcycles) opportunities as well as designated hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails (this area just opened up in the past year or two). The park itself is split up into 3 main areas: the Lower Ranch which is used for motorcycle races, the Upper Ranch for vehicles and the Mudstone area. Cost to enter the park is $5 and more info can be found here Hollister OHV
Esprit de Four (ED4 for short) usually has a club run once a month along with a fun/easy day run to Hollister. This was one of those fun runs where we don’t have any agenda or specific trails in mind and it’s open to all rigs and capabilities. There were a total of 8 rigs from fully built Jeeps to a brand new 2020 Jeep Rubicon and we drove around, did some obstacles and enjoyed the scenery. Due to the Corona, the park was closed for a while but now has been open for a couple of weeks and as you can imagine, it was crowded (well for Hollister that is) but not enough to make it a pain by any means. We started off in the “Old” obstacle course and wound our way through the park, having lunch at the summit and finishing the day at the quarry. All in all, it was nice just to get out and have a fun day of wheeling; no breakage, no drama, just a great day that was enjoyed by all.
Enjoy some photos from the trail!