Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop

MODERATE 3 reviews

Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles 741 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


horseback riding


wild flowers


Coyote Peak is the must-visit point in Santa Teresa County Park in southern San Jose, California. This loop to the peak is a good way to get there: steep enough to provide a good workout and scenic enough to reward your efforts. Coyote Peak looks out over the southern expanse of Silicon Valley, with great views of both the Diablo Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west. Admittedly, this park is not the sexiest hiking locale in the South Bay, but it's extremely accessible if you're in the neighborhood. And let's face it: few city parks have hills with this much elevation gain. Bear in mind that the park is very popular with mountain bikers, so come prepared to share the trails. This hike starts out at the Pueblo Day Use Area; you have to pay to park here, but the amenities (bathrooms, water, picnic tables, lots of parking spaces) are usually unavailable at the free trailheads around the park. Best time to come: If you come early in the morning before it gets too hot, you can hike here all year. Springtime wildflower season is very scenic, and winter offers the best views from Coyote Peak after a strong rain cleans up the smog. Summer and fall will be hot and dry with significant wildfire risk.

2 months ago

This is a great loop trail that goes from the Pueblo Group Area, to Coyote Peak, and back down the Rocky Ridge Trail. There are great views of both the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mtns, and of Silicon Valley, especially from the peak. The Rocky Ridge section of this loop is exposed to the sun, but luckily the day of our hike it was quite windy. A coyote was seen trotting along the trail ahead of us.

8 months ago

Beautiful views from the top of coyote peak, definitely worth checking out.

1 year ago

This trail is a loop that combines three separate trails. Lots of wildlife was spotted: does, funnel spiders, and a colony of frogs at the pond near the end of the loop. It was mostly shaded until the ascent up to Coyote Peak. At the top of Coyote Peak is a spectacular view of the city.