Explore the most popular birding trails in Alum Rock Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

easy to moderate hike. lots of shade and picnic areas near the visitor center. there is a fee to park near the visitor center but there's a couple of free parking lots half a mile before the visitor center.

My son loved this walk!

I can't believe I waited this long to hike this trail. Beautiful trail!! Hiked along a stream. After that you're in a nice park. Then you're looking at mineral ponds. Super cool!!

This trail is quite easy to do and has nice views. Kid friendly.

beautiful trail, it was in the easier side.

Probably one of the most shaded walks I've ever done. Nice view, bearable elevation and very easy to complete within 2 hours. Great place for picnic, biking, hiking and running. Will definitely return.

Beautiful and cozy trail and it’s mixed with the nature. Very relaxing.

Beautiful walk. Nice and shaded. Plenty of places to catch your breath and enjoy the views

Fully shaded hike even good sun light. Great terrain for training endurance track

2 months ago

Nice easy brisk walk in nature.

3 months ago

Easy trail .. Kid friendly park

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail for a morning run. Minimally technical terrain with only a few rocky spots and one narrow section allow for opening up a stride on the descent. The only downside is that the minimal shade makes it get hot quickly. Run the big loop to the summit clockwise (straight at junction) for a gentler downhill or counterclockwise (right at junction) for a steeper downhill but gentler uphill.

I never used to hike before after coming here I'm addicted! If you like nature up close and personal this is it.

Love this hike, but the trail has been closed for construction :(

Made it up to Sierra Vista point, very good hike just make sure to start early if the day will be hot as there's little shade.

a fav on a cool morn!

A Nice Hike to go to on even on a hot day. North Rim trail was closed so took the switchback trail to south rim trail. Wasn't too disappointed though. The switchback is a pretty good workout in itself. The park as such is a really good place to plan a group picnic. A lot of Picnic spots and tables with nets for some outdoor shuttle or some volleyball. Loads of trails and biking routes. Many alternatives to lengthen the trek. Definitely looking forward to coming again and doing another trail

Good tree cover. Fun hike!

Loved this trail! All the tree coverage made it a very pleasant hike on a hot day, and the scent of wildflowers and herbs along the way was intoxicating :) Can’t wait to go back!

nature trips
6 months ago

Nice views and many different bird species to admire. Also nice creek you can walk along

Love this trail although closed passed the switchback

7 months ago

The ascend was beautiful, shady and calm. Lovely hike for mornings. Park has two free parking lots and you get a spot if you are inside by 10.30am. You will have to walk a mile from the parking lot to reach the trail head.

7 months ago

A great walk on a warm day, lots of shade and plenty to see

People complaining about to this park, just a bunch of whiners. There's no resaon to post review as a 3 *** or 2 park. This is an AMAZING place to hang around with family and friends. Live to the fullest people!

Pleasant shady hike. Nice to be by the creek and then get some elevation after the switchbacks and see a great view of San Jose.

It’s a nice trail especially If you are not used to do a lot. It’s considered as moderate but l would say it’s an easy to light moderate trail. Great for families with kids who want to do more than just a walk. Nice view on the valley, 75% of the trail is under the trees canopy. You will love it during summertime .

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