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Alum Rock Park is located in a canyon in the Diablo Range foothills on the east side of San Jose. The park offers 13 miles (21 km) of trails, varying from fairly level along Penitencia Creek to sharp switchbacks climbing to the ridges to the South Rim Trail and the North Rim Trail. The narrow floor of the canyon includes a visitor center, picnic areas, a playground, and sand volleyball pits.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
4 days ago

Very nice for beginners or moderate hikers.
Nice shaded trail with medium incline. The view is excellent through out. Also nice picnic area in the starting point suitable for group activities and barbecues.

By the way the first three parking lots are free and the third (closer to trail) is paid.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
18 days ago

nice challenging uphill run, killer view from the top

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
1 month ago

It is a great place to hike:)

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
1 month ago

trail running

South rim trail has nice elevation changes and beautiful scenic views. As I felt like I had not had enough I extended my run to the North - easier and more crowded.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Great moderate hike overall hike from sycamore to south rim to historic mineral springs and a little bit up the north woodland back to our car at rustic landing which has free parking from now until sept 2016 is about 6 miles. Scenic, shady, and light incline but get you worked up within 2 miles in. Great for kids about 10+ and plenty of rest areas. Got to see the groetta mineral springs. Good place to hike in San Jose. A little bit over 2 hours for the hike. No dogs. Bikes and horse back riding trails accommodation.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Good for the kids we started a little farther back cause we were to cheap to pay for parking. My 7 10 and 11 year old kids did it like nothing it's a good start off trail to build staminum

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
3 months ago

Very good for newcomers to build up endurance.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
4 months ago

It was nice. Saw wild turkeys on the trail, exciting! A little chilly under all of the trees.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
4 months ago

hiking

Lots of shade, easy incline. Great for beginning hikers who are building up endurance.

on North Rim Trail to Eagle ...
4 months ago

Nice and simple hike with rewarding views. pretty strenuous climb at first, especially when I'm carrying my son. After the initial elevation gain it's easy going.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
5 months ago

hiking

We had a wonderful hike. Absolutely beautiful. Took all of our kids and hiked all over. Climbed Eagle Rock, did North Rim, Penticienta and the Mineral bath trail. Everyone loved it, kids included. Will be going back for sure!

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
6 months ago

hiking

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
6 months ago

hiking

It was beautiful and so green. We got to see some cows and birds.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
6 months ago

No dogs allowed. All trails seems like they are wrong more and more in this. Very frustrating. May have to stop using their app. Plus no way to report when things are wrong.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
6 months ago

hiking

This is a nice hike. Depending on which side you start at, it will steep switchbacks at first, and then easy and fairly flat after, or vice versa. The trail has a decent view, but does not go to the top or any peak of any mountain. Highly recommend. It's a good hike for older kids (because it's a little tough at parts). Alum rock park in general is good for kids. It goes along the creek for a little bit and crosses the bridge with a cute bridge.

on Alum Rock South Rim Trail
9 months ago

hiking