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Alum Rock South Rim Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Alum Rock South Rim Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.9 miles 839 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no dogs

Lots of shade for hot summer days, historic century-old mineral spring spa. This is a great hot summer day hike, as this trail provides plenty of shade relief. Check out the remnants of the mineral spring spa. The trail starts paved, then turns to dirt pack. Coming out of the trail brings you along Alum Rock, and back to the trailhead. Some portions of the trails are shared with both bicycles and equestrians. There are some switchbacks, as noted on the map, that make the elevation climb much less strenuous. There is currently a fee of $6.00 for parking inside the park, and dogs are not allowed.


3 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.


16 days ago

nice challenging uphill run, killer view from the top


1 month ago

It is a great place to hike:)


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.


1 month 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.


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


3 months ago

Very good for newcomers to build up endurance.


3 months ago

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


4 months ago

hiking

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


4 months ago

hiking

Great


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!


5 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

hiking

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


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.


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.


9 months ago

hiking


9 months ago

hiking

Fun mix of hills and flat area. It's easy enough for most older kids, and has some great views of the valley from the top of the trail.


11 months ago

hiking

Great spot right in our own backyard. Lots of different trails & interesting history.


1 year ago

walking

Great option so close to the valley. Lots of trails. Good for picnics, running, biking & hiking


1 year ago

mountain biking

:)