Santa Teresa County Park is located in the Santa Teresa Hills ten miles south of downtown San Jose. This diverse 1,627 acre park, rich in history, offers spectacular views from its trails above the Almaden and Santa Clara Valleys. The secluded upland valleys of the park provide a quiet interlude for exploring the natural environment minutes away from the surrounding developed areas. Santa Teresa County Park is located at the southern end of the Santa Teresa Hills. The park may be accessed from either Almaden Valley or Santa Clara Valley. From Santa Clara Valley, take US 101 or Highway 85 to the Bernal Road exit. Proceed west 1.3 miles on Bernal Road and cross Santa Teresa Boulevard toward the Santa Teresa Hills. Bernal Road continues past the park's Santa Teresa Golf Club, winding up into the hills. The Pueblo Day Use Area is located off Bernal Road in a small open valley in the hills. Limited parking and trailhead access are available from Almaden Valley. From San Jose, follow Almaden Expressway until it ends. Turn right onto Harry Road, then turn left onto McKean Road. Travel approximately 1.3 miles to Fortini Road. Turn left onto Fortini Road toward the Santa Teresa Hills. At the end of Fortini Road, turn left onto San Vicente Avenue. A ten car parking area is located on the right about 500 feet from Fortini Road. Public transit is available to Santa Teresa County Park.
Danielle C. on Santa Teresa County Park Trail Loop
Beautiful hike with great views of the rolling hills. Best time to go is in the spring when everything is green and the wild flowers are blooming. There are a few creeks that are flowing well right now with all the rain!
Activities: Hiking, Horse trails, mountain biking
Good hike, some steep trails, so be prepared because there isn't anything to grab onto to pull you along. A walking stick would be helpful for beginners. Some pretty scenery and lots of green. A bit too close to civilization for my taste. It can get loud from the road, but all in all, a fun hike for my companion dog and self.
Absolutely love this trail! I try to go on it every Saturday morning before work since you can create your own trail (there are several different trails in the park). Definitely quite a bit uphill at times, but the views are breathtaking. From some of the bends and peaks you can see the whole South Bay on a clear day.
I highly suggest going in the winter or spring since the hills are Shire-like green with wildflowers by February. You may not want to go right after a rain since the trail can be a bit muddy at times in some spots. There's not a lot of shade, so bring plenty of water, SPF, and a hat in the summer. Lots of deer are regularly seen in the area and the occasional bobcat.
Overall I highly recommend this to anybody in the South Bay who doesn't want to drive clear out to Santa Cruz or Pleasanton for a hilly hike. It's practically the Silicon Valley's backyard!