North Rim Trail to Eagle Rock is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near San Jose, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Park at the trailhead for the North Rim Trail
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.
Decent little trail, fairly easy, and nice views of San Jose and surrounding area. Beginning sand end of the trail (if you go on the weekends), all you hear is screaming kids and families from the picnic grounds below; kind of takes away from the serenity. But overall, a nice easy trail for a quick hike.
This is an easy hike on mostly a dirt road although it can be steep. No trees so it can be hot in summer, but the pay off is worth it. The top will reward you with the locally famous Eagle Rock, views of SF Bay and Hanger One at Moffet Field. People love climbing Eagle Rock and sitting on top to take in views of the Santa Clara Valley. There are a couple of benches at the top but no water. This can be a highlight to a visit to Alum Rock Park which has a few more good hikes, picnic areas and the Youth Science Institute.
mostly walking up a steep gravel road, but the views from the top are worth it. at least, once. a nice short hike to get a good view of the whole bay area. if you're up for a longer hike, a more panoramic view can be had from the summit atop the spur trail off the Boccardo loop trail from the north rim. but it's a hot, long hike to earn that one.
watch out for rattle snakes sunning themselves in the evening. not sure how common, but i almost stepped on one at the top of Eagle Rock.