Joseph D. Grant County Park
Date: (Sun.) Mar. 11, 2018
Location: San Jose, CA
Event Director: - 650.604.3760
Course Setter: Derek Maclean
Type: B; Standard 7-course event for beginners through advanced (pending park approval)
More information will be available closer to the event.
What is Orienteering
An adventure! Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! Navigate to checkpoints using a specially-produced map. Participants may enter individually or in teams of up to five people. You can read more about orienteering here.
- 9:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Registration open
- 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Beginners' clinic instruction (free)
- 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts open
- 2:00 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
At registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here (PDF/100KB)).
Note that you can register and start on courses anytime between the open and close times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be "punctual" at 9:00 (but you can if you want, but please don't show up earlier and expect to be served).
Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.
Please note that everyone must return to the Finish by 2:00 PM, and check in at E-punch, even if you don't complete your course. We need to account for all participants, because otherwise we must organize a search party for you.
After you finish, stick around and socialize with other participants!
The following fees apply at this event.
- $3 for juniors (age 8 through 20) on beginner's (White) and advanced beginner's (Yellow) courses
- $8 for adults on beginner's and advanced beginner's courses
- $5 for juniors on intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown, Green, Red, Blue) courses
- $12 member price for intermediate and advanced courses
- $18 non-member price for intermediate and advanced courses
- $1 for a compass rental (optional)
- $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one; you'll need one to complete the course)
- $15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)
Note: We are able to accept payment only by cash or check—no credit cards or electronic payments.
For extra people on a team, add $5 per adult on beginners' courses or $7 per adult on intermediate and advanced courses (with lower prices for juniors).
More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/100KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.) Please note that the form has a second page for signatures of group members.
What to Bring
For beginners' courses (White and Yellow), comfortable outdoors attire and shoes are fine.
For intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown through Blue) courses, leg cover or gaiters are recommended, as well shoes with some extra grip on the sole.
A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.
We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so each entry/team needs to have a SPORTident fingerstick. If you don't have your own, you can rent one at registration for $5. (Use of the "E-punch" system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)
Picnic tables, piped water, and flush toilets are available, so please feel free to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy after you finish your course.
The park does not want us serving open containers of food and water at the event. We will have a selection of sealed food items, and some small individual water bottles. However, it would be a good idea to bring your own water and reusable bottle.
The course information will be available closer to the event. Also, Course Setter's Notes will be posted before the event—be sure to read them.
For participants on the intermediate and advanced courses, the park has some poison oak which you will want to avoid. It looks like this. Washing clothes and shoes, and bathing exposed areas with dishwashing soap (which removes the irritant oil) or a commercial product such as Tecnu is recommended.
Deer ticks are found in this area and may carry Lyme disease.
Please note that horses always have the right of way. If you encounter equestrians while running on a multi-use trail or road, please walk until you are clear of the horses. A startled horse could throw and injure the rider. Also be careful not to jump onto a trail when horses are nearby.
Request for Volunteers
As always, we need volunteers for this event. Please consider volunteering to help in one of the ways below.
- Set Up At Assembly Area: 7:30–9:00
- Registration: 9:30–12:00
- Beginner Clinics: 9:30–10:30
- Advanced Starts (Brown–Blue): 9:30–12:30
- Beginner (White & Yellow) Starts: 9:30–12:30
- Finish (near Assembly area): 10:30–14:00
- Control Pickup: 14:00–16:00
Please send email to if you can help.
To reach the park, take I-680 to the Alum Rock Avenue exit in San Jose. (From southbound Hwy 101, it's easiest to go past Alum Rock Ave, exit onto I-680, and then exit to Alum Rock Ave.) Head east on Alum Rock to Mt. Hamilton Road. Take a right onto Mt. Hamilton Rd and proceed about 7.5 miles to the park entrance on your right. Be careful to look for bicyclists along twisty Mt. Hamilton Rd.
Here's an alternative route choice (after all, orienteering is all about route choice): Quimby Road is believed to be faster, with a shorter (but steeper) windy road, than Mt. Hamilton Rd from Alum Rock. Some people (and Google Maps) recommend this route even for those coming from the north on I-280 or Hwy 101. In that case, from 101 South exit at Tully Rd, and head east (toward the hills). Turn right onto Quimby Rd (just before East Ridge Shopping Center); take this up and over the hill until it meets Mt Hamilton Road. Turn right and go a few hundred meters to the park entrance on your right.
From the south, coming up 101, take the Capitol Expy exit and head east (toward the hills). Go about 1.5 miles, turn right onto Quimby Road, and follow the directions just above.
At the park entrance, pay the $6 park entry fee, and go about 0.6 miles to the parking area designated by the O' signs.
There's a map here that shows the location of the event.