Hacienda Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features a river 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.
dogs on leash
Park at the Mockingbird Hill entrance
Trail is a bit beaten by all the rain, but beautiful and well shaded. Be ready for water crossings and ankle turning areas right now.
This is truly one of my favorite trails in the South Bay. Gorgeous oak trees with dappled shade grow up to the trail with little streams that cross the path in the winter. We did the trail after a huge storm had passed a few days earlier, so there was lots of water, erosion in the path, and broken limbs/felled trees. Due to the climate in this area, there was very little mud since the path is constantly exposed to the sun. Definitely a must-do in the winter, but only early in the day in the summer. There's some cool ruins of the old Buena Vista foundation on Randol Trail where they mined for cinnabar and mercury ore. Lots of baby plants/new growth line the trail in the undergrowth right now thanks to all the rains, and a few wildflowers were spotted as well! (did this trail in the middle of January).
Enjoy, keep it clean, and drink plenty of water!
Quite steep at times. can be tricky for small children. great views, though.
Did it in under 2 hours. Started at 8, before the sun was out, so it was great! Some slopes are definitely steep but that just adds to the character of this trail.
it was quite hot and looked like a desert. the scenery was beautiful in a couple places but not too much shade, so try not to go on a hot day. the steep trail can also be slippery so be careful going down!