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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. Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset

I took my 4 year old on the Joice-Norred trail - approximately 2 miles long and mostly flat with great views. It is excellent for beginner hikers and kids.

Short little hike; nothing to write home about. Starts at the end of a golf course and finishes quickly. I prefer the other coyote trail

hiking
22 days ago

Early morning is the best time to hike. I’m not sure if foxes lives here but I saw a gray fox-like by the bushes or just a Siberian husky not on leash.

For being so close to town, this is a great day hike area. I adored the scene of California poppies sprinkled throughout the rock outcroppings that were painted orange with lichen. There is a nice view of San Jose atop the ridge line. The ridge gets windy, bring a shell or light jacket.

It was a very good experience, with two kids a 2yer old and a 3yer old, it was a nice View from the top and the trail itself it’s clean and well-maintained

This is my first time hiking around Morgan Hill and this is totally worth it! We hiked right after the rain so everything was so green. We got to see wild animals along the ways. Please note the best time to go is spring or Fall.

Easy hike, gradually climb up with California Poppy flowers on both sides of the trail. Many other wild flowers and butterflies, mostly expose with decent cool breezes.

amazing views, peaceful hike

Good workout rewarded by great views on southern San Jose. Except for some moments on Vista Loop and Bernal Hill Loop, the power poles always remind you that you are not far from civilization.

Wonderful little hike if you are looking to get your nature fix! The view of the hills are absolutely stunning this time of year due to the rainfall. The trail was pretty low trafficked, though it I did do this on a Monday morning. I would recommend bringing sunscreen and water since the first portion of the hike is under the sun and uphill!

The parking lot could probably fit 7-10 cars. At 9:00 am it was empty, but when I returned at 10 it had filled up.

A lot of variation

Beautiful view- I try to go during times when there’s less people. I’ve had the top to myself many times and love the adventure up!

Great trail.

Great workout

I can't believe this isn't reviewed more. Perhaps it's because I'm not from around here, but the hilly views really surprised me with how attractive they were. You also get near-immediate payoff here with great views of the city on your way up.

Swaths of this one are probably best as bike trails, but I wasn't bored at all on a solo hike through the drearier paths. This is also a good "build-a-hike" area; I tacked on the loop to the southeast by accident and liked the change of scenery.

Challenging, serene, not too busy.

Great trail for late morning walks. Beautiful scenary. Nice altitude. Just the right kind of short family friendly hike. Kids loved it.

A great workout at some point but wish less cows' poop!. We did it in 2 hours 35 minutes!

Good exercise. Enjoy nice view from the hill and see lots of wildlife such as deer, coyote and etc. There is almost no shade. Recommend enjoy by the noon in hot weather.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Trail! But when we finished hiking my son had 4 ticks on. him

walking
10 months ago

the trail is not too long ,but good to see everything at the top

Enjoyed this trail today. It starts out pretty steep but is a great workout with nice views.

trail running
Monday, June 05, 2017

Nice hike. Good pull right out of the gate. Ridge line hiking up top. Great views of south San Jose.

This is not moderate at all is it EASY...great to just get in a walk of 7 plus miles

Great hike but you must watch the bike riders as they zoom by unannounced.

Very open not much shade.

Beautiful trail- but take your allergy meds!

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