Stile Ranch and Fortini Loop is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Stile Ranch Trail comes up often in any discussion of the best places to see wildflowers in the hills rimming Silicon Valley. The trail zigzags up the southern edge of Santa Teresa County Park, a hilly slice of the south end of San Jose, California. The trail's steep terrain and southern exposure make it a prime habitat for the California poppy, but many more species color this route as you go along. This 2.5-mile route is a nice introduction to Santa Teresa Count Park, which has a good trail network that is well-marked and easy to navigate. Springtime, of course, is the best time to try this hike, though the hiking will also be nice in the winter as long as the trails aren't too muddy.
Took this trail by accident. Interesting to see a different side of San Jose. However, a portion of the trail has sliding rocks so be careful where step. It's quite narrow and hard to find shade for a break. Great for solo hiking and bike ride. The incline and sun is enough to question exercising ever again. Towards the end of the trail there's a nice grassy area to chill. Not a trail I would repeat.
A nice hike with a few spots that were picture worthy, but overall, nothing that really made me or my kids stop to enjoy the view.
I've been on this trail twice so far and find it to be a gem of an experience. Parking is at the end of a road on a dirt patch. If you follow the trail clockwise, it takes you up a steep and rocky trail. The views of the valley are fantastic there, especially in the morning sun. Looping around, the great views of the surrounding area (and wildflowers) don't disappoint. Its a great intro to the area and an easy enough hike that you can fit it in early in the day.
Be sure to bring a cap and water. While the trail is short, there is almost NO share on it and its tough enough that you could work up a sweat on a hot day. Also watch for horse droppings. There are enough people on horseback on the trail that you need to watch your step at times.
very scenic when wildflowers are in season. the stile ranch trail and rocky ridge trails have incredible flower blooms. blooms were in march this year.
It was pretty dry. Nice for horses and mountain biking. Not so scenic for a hiker.