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

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Welcome to Ed R. Levin County Park, one of Santa Clara County's most unique regional park and recreation areas. This 1,541-acre park combines the traditional features of an urban park such as picnicking, fishing and play areas, with the complex trail system of many regional wilderness parks. Ed Levin's expansive lawn areas make it an ideal spot for family outings, while the rolling grasslands and Oak woodlands are available to visitors looking for a back-to-nature experience. The park's Monument Peak provides a spectacular view of the valley floor and the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy your visit, and return often to enjoy the many unique aspects of Ed R. Levin County Park. Also featured at the park is an expansive off-leash dog park for large and small dogs alike! Owned and operated by the City of Milpitas this dog park is one of the most popular features in Ed Levin County Park. Dogs are also allowed on-leash in parking lots, picnic areas, and all trails north of Calaveras Road. The park is open 8am to sunset.

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8 days ago

Took the Monument Peak road all the way up to discover there was a locked gate near the summit with fencing on the sides. Although its easy enough to hop over, there should be a pedestrian walkway around it. I missed the turn where the trail splits from the road as the junction was not marked and is in a gully. The trail only becomes obvious once you climb above it, so pay attention to where you are at if using the Alltrails app. The trail is rather lightly trafficked which can seem a surprise compared to Mission Peak, I saw only about 6 hikers / joggers in my whole time on the trail. Also, carry plenty of water especially if doing this on a hot day. I started around 9.20 a finishing about 1.10 p and drank 3 liters of water and was still dehydrated. Although the morning was nice it got to around 90 F by the time I finished and the dry slopes radiate heat in the lower slopes and canyons all over making it worse. An early start is advisable.

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no shade
over grown
26 days ago

Did the hike yesterday. Started around 8:30a as the park doesn’t open until 8a. The first part was fine because cooler. As the sun came up more, the heat and sun got unbearable for me and I ended up turning back around only 0.2 miles from the summit. A few flies, not too bad. There were about 3-4 brief shady spots (and a running stream) but this is nearly a completely exposed hike. If you do this hike in the summer, I’d recommend starting earlier before the park opens. Any hike is a great hike to me but personally I didn’t like this one well enough to venture doing it again. But glad I tried it once.

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no shade
27 days ago

Fun trail overall. Great 360 views at the peak! It was a hazy day but I could see the SF skyline in the distance. Trail is well-maintained and broad, with only little overgrowth 2/3 into the (counter-clockwise) ascend (my recommended direction). Almost completely exposed to the sun, except for a few conveniently spaced patches of trees. Final mile or 2 are a bit boring and confusing for the recommended route, there might be better ways to complete the loop. Low traffic overall. Plenty cow pies. No rocky bits and overall decent traction; should work well for runners.

lots of bugs by hidden lake as expected. lots of poison oak. otherwise nice flat hike. One trail had a huge branch blocking the way, we were able to clear a path though.

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no shade
1 month ago

Monument is a more meandering trail experience than its neighbor, Mission Peak, further north. While it does have some shade, it is scarce and sorely missed during the summer months. There are two water runoffs under the shade of oaks which can be a pleasant respite. I was unable to complete the loop due to heat exhaustion at about mile 3. Serving as a reminder that hiking in the high 80s is ill-advised unless absolutely prepared.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Vera level trail

Do not trust this trail. At about mile 3, the tracks disappeared and we had to walk through knee-high bushes afraid of ticks and snakes. Luckily, we made it back on trail safely, but this trail does not exist anymore and should be removed from Alltrail.

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3 months ago

This trail was the worst among all other high elevation South Bay trails that I hiked in the past. We hiked counterclockwise, went up using Monument Peak trail and came back using Agua Caliente trail. Neither side is maintained at all. Tall weeds all over the trail going up and cow dung all over coming down. Often we wondered whether we were on the trail or not. Not many people hike these trails and thus the trail paths were overgrown by bushes. On our way coming down we got lost at one point as the trail vs. the service road sign was confusing, I would say marked wrong. Stepped on cow dung, both of us at least once. Met a young rattlesnake, luckily noticed before almost stepping on. The snake hissed and moved away rattling. I felt lucky considering traversing through weed covered narrow bushy trails for the past 3 hours. I would recommend thick trousers rather than shorts hiking this trail. I would never hike this one again. Hike safe!

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over grown
3 months ago

Bugs lots of cows not maintained trails, not crowded I was the only one up there. Dragon temple is such a treat to see outside the park.

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3 months ago

My fiance and I completed this hike this past Saturday, June 1st of 2019! We started our hike at about 8:45 AM and finished around 4:30 PM. The weather was hot and sunny, with an average of 78 Degrees. It took us a good 7.5 hours to complete it! The trail: It was the beginning of June so the trail had 4-6 foot bushes sprinkled throughout the incline all the way up to Monument Peak. After reaching the tall tower we headed to Mission Peak, and the trail was much more enjoyable. On the way back down the trail, although there weren't any high bushes to go through. We were then hit with A LOT of cow manure... I stepped on one. This trail isn't for beginners and should be taken seriously. Food: My fiance and I brought a total of 5 liters of water, a few cliff bars, GU Bloks, pretzels, and we had lunch at Eagle Springs campgrounds where we ate spaghetti from Mountain House. Oh, and an apple! Prepare: I highly suggest bringing an adequate amount of water especially if you're doing this hike during the summer season. It gets hot. Remember to reapplying sunscreen every hour! If you're worried about water sources, there are plenty. I suggest bringing some sort of water filtration system. There are a few clean streams running through the trail so refilling shouldn't be a problem. If you don't trust the streams, then I suggest stopping by the Eagle Springs campground before descending. The campground has water running through a pumping system which I believe is coming from underground. Though it might seem like clean water, I recommend boiling, treating or filtering it. You don't want to get sick! Takeaways: I believe this trail would be best-done springtime where all the flowers are flourishing and it won't be that hot. Bring water and food. Enjoy the wonderful views; we spotted a fox and best of all, a bald eagle hanging out on one of the cell towers!

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no shade
over grown
3 months ago

Decided to hike this trail since it's right in my backyard and I had nothing else to do. Started at about 2 p.m and finished a little after 5. It’s hard to rate a trail based on difficulty since everybody is different, but I will try my best. For a novice hiker or somebody that is not in tip-top shape, I would rate this loop as being difficult, especially if it’s hot out. For somebody who is in average shape who gets out now and then, I would say this is moderate to difficult. For a seasoned pro, I would rate this being a relatively easy hike. I found it to be moderate mainly due to the hot sun beating down on me the whole time. As for the trail, it's a mix of service roads and hiking trails with parts overgrown with thistle (Agua Caliente) The loop it took consisted of the Tularcitos trail to Agua Caliente trail, made a wrong turn onto Monument Peak Road, which I then took to the peak. I returned on Agua Caliente to Tularcitos. If you want to avoid the overgrown trail filled with thistle and ticks, I recommend returning via Monument Peak Road, which I encountered none. Since I made a wrong turn, I don’t know if the Monument Peak trail was overgrown or not. One other thing to note, there is no water on trail so make sure you plan accordingly, especially on hot days.

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4 months ago

Only went up to hang glider take off spot.

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no shade
4 months ago

This trail is minimalistic in terms of nature, bare land, little flowers or trees. Almost entirely exposed, no shade. The real challenge is walk/run up/down hill on long distance, alone. Alone because on 75% of the trail I was alone (afternoon, mid May). Of course around the top, there is the view if the south bay. Some modification to make this trail better. Park at the plaza at Jacklin road and N Park Victoria Dr. There are many hundreds of parking spots there, can park anytime and no time limit. Then join the trail by walking through the Summitpointe Golf Club. This portion is 1 mile, so the total length of the trail would be extended by 2 miles. When reaching the golf course, walk towards Calera Creek Trail through the golf course itself. Yeah, that's weird, not mentioned in any map, but this is probably the most beautiful portion of the trail. You can see how to walk through the golf course by the satellite view of Google map. Once you are on Calera Creek Trail. You join the trail outline in red in the Alltrails map. Here you decide whether to loop the trail either clockwise or counter clockwise.

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muddy
off trail
over grown
5 months ago

I completed this trail along with the Los Coches Ridge Trail which you can access by crossing the road, Vista Ridge Dr. It's an easy to moderate trail. The only drawback with Spring Valley Trail is that a section of it is closed. From the fork on the west side near the campgrounds all the way to the south where you can walk over the bridge to go to Los Coches Ridge Trail. At the time that I went, the signs where not visible from the west and so I had to go through sections of the trail that were not maintained; the bushes where almost 8 feet tall and overgrown. The trail has potential and could be great for families and friends looking for an easy hike. The only drawback is that a lot of the sections are not well maintained probably due to the heavy rain we had and low impact of hikers/bikers.

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