Looking for a great trail in Santa Teresa County Park, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Santa Teresa County Park ranging from 2.4 to 8.3 miles and from 200 to 1,154 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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

This area is beautiful right after a rain! It’s a bit muddy but the hills are so green, and now that the rain has let up and it’s getting a bit warmer, there are tons of wild flowers along the rocky ridge. If you start the loop to the left you get the hard part out of the way sooner and can have a leisurely stroll down the rocky ridge.

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5 days ago

Good trail to get away from the city. Dog enjoyed it. Steep inclines here and there along with some of the path being muddy in places so u have to go off trail a little. Well enjoyed tho esp on a weekday very few people

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6 days ago

A challenging climb to start. I felt comfortable as a solo hiker because there were folks around.

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16 days ago

Not bad of a trail! The incline was tough in the begging but after that smooth sail.

It started getting a bit Windy towards and muddy but it also cleared towards the end.

Overall I enjoyed it

Beautiful poppies along the trail this afternoon!

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21 days ago

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23 days ago

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29 days ago

Solid hike. Lots of variation

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1 month ago

Beautiful scenic hike. Muddy on this day but worthy.

Great hike for those days that you feel the need to get away from the city for a bit. The parking lot at the top of Bernal is free, and the trail starts and ends there. You get a nice warm-up with a mild jog down the hill before slowly making your way to the trek up to Coyote Peak. I've seen coyotes and boars up here, as well as many wild birds including flocks of wild turkeys. The view at the top is very nice. There's an option to cut the hike short at the fork between Mine Trail / Fortini Trail by going up Mine Trail until you get back to the parking lot. The full hike takes less than 2 1/2 hours.

With my family

Awesome view from above!

Expect the unexpected here.. this was pretty challenging for me! But the clear views on a perfect day made it one of my best trail runs!!

Beautiful trail in San Jose but feels set apart. The park ranger was super friendly too!

Beautiful views of Gilroy. Wide trail with a gradual incline. Great place for a light hike!

We took the lower ridge route. Except for the charred hill, the hike is beautiful and has amazing views of San Jose. We especially liked the ranch museum and barns, fun place for the kids to start.
Beware, this trail has a steep initial incline; but that is what makes this hike superb . . . the views. you can go two directions, and still loop around. We hit it at sunset, but there was much haze from the fires in Northern California.
If you are looking for a half-hour to 1.5 hour hike with a good heart-pumping workout, try the Bernal Hill Vista loop. A Bay Area hike that leads to other trails. Santa Teresa County Park has endless forks for more trails. Come prepared with shoes that grip the ground, and trekking poles to take the weight off your knees.
We will be coming back.
- Mike and Angel Cutler, EarthTrek Gear

Scenery: 3
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

LOVED THIS TRAIL! Hiked mid morning, most of the trail has shade nice and peaceful and was very beautiful amongst the trees. We saw lots of deer!!! Definitely going to be a regular trail for me!

Great hike but very little shade. Go early morning/late evenings to avoid the heat

Moderate amount of hikers and mountain bikers, saw some wildlife including a deer up close! The first part gets pretty steep, the way down was pretty easy. Great views. Not too much shade but it was consistently breezy and not too hot today.

One of my favorite places to visit :) Have been going for years! Love to watch the birds, cows grazing , sunsets or just take my camera out for a spin while relaxing away from the chaos of San Jose.

Great trail. Recommend using this app to navigate as trails are mostly (but not always) marked and easy to follow. Hiked up to Coyote Peak, which was well worth it. Lots of animals to see in the morning! Huge shout out to Tony H. for leaving his trekking poles for hikers to borrow. Helped me a lot! Definitely going to buy some for myself. I suggest using some if there are any in the loaner bin. Start early! Mostly uncovered. Wonderful vistas. 8 miles in 3.75 hours (including lengthy break at Coyote Peak)

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