Agua Caliente Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Agua Caliente Trail is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Milpitas, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.9 miles
2,106 feet

dog friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


wild flowers

Agua Caliente Trail offers a pleasant loop through Ed R. Levine Country park. The trail climbs up for unbelievable views of the valley floor and San Francisco Bay. Make sure to bring your camera and a sense of adventure! Keep your eyes out for hang-gliders that frequent this area. Take Tularcitos trail to Agua Caliente. Climb up to the water trough. Return via the Calera Creek trail

2 months ago

The downhill part of the trail (going CCW), near the golf course, was totally overgrown. We had so many ticks on our clothing! Mid May 2018.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Hiked the trail in early May with my dog. He was *covered* in ticks (about 30 of them). Found a couple of them on myself also. I didn't see any signs warning about ticks. And some areas were completely overgrown with unavoidable thorny brush. It was painful.

I would not suggest this trail. Definitely don't take your dog here.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

-Beautiful view
-Moderate trail(be careful of the muddy patches due to recent rains)
-Very good trail for bird lovers
-Mostly no shade, so, try to start early in the day

trail running
Monday, March 06, 2017

Rather crowded but mostly cows not really in a hurry to clear the trail. Very nice run up and down under the fog. If you park at the county park please note that it only opens at 8:00 and that line can be long.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A nice steady climb. Not that many people. Hang gliders, wild turkeys, great views. It was a great day! Ill go back to climb up to monument peak.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Great trail with diverse landscapes. It was a cloudy day so I couldn't enjoy the view of the bay, but the last part of the trail was above the cloud ceiling (approx. 2100 ft).
Take a few extra steps at the top to climb Monument Peak, the view of the hills on the other side is worth it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Payment of $6 dollars due on entering the park but it's worth it. We did the Agua Caliente Trail and really enjoyed it. Great for beginners and dogs too. Views of the bay are amazing on a clear day. Light foot traffic and we had cell coverage the whole time which is good to have in case of an emergency. Watching the people paragliding was a bonus.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Good local hike with steady incline. Very dry so bring lots of water. This hike is 3 miles long, but connects with several other trails.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Went on a Friday afternoon. The trail was empty except for my wife and I. the trail starts out at a park. A good portion of the trail is shared with horses, hikers, and bikes. So watch out for the horse feces. There are a lot of good views when hiking up. some sections of trees and a creek. It's a good place to take a break. The trail is pretty challenging for someone who doesn't hike often. With the exception of the horse poo it is a lot nicer than mission peak. Definitely a lot less crowded. There is $6 fee to get into the park ( per car). Once you finish the trail you could continue and actually hit missions peak from the other trails. overall a nice place to hike with good views and low crowds.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

This trail is lightly populated with great views. It is not too hard so if you are looking for a challenge take the peak trail that intersects with Agua Caliente when you get to it.

If you are with your family or just looking to kill a few hours without being sore tomorrow, this one is for you.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hiked the trail this morning. It was cloudy when we started at 9:30 am but brightened an hour or so later. The trail is steep at places but there were several families with young kids on the trail and the kids aced it. I was on a "photo hike" so I stopped several times to take pics. The trail was not very well marked at places but my Garmin eTrex 30 saved me. The views are gorgeous and the windflowers made every scene picturesque. Some quick points:
No bathrooms along the trailhead.
Watch out for rattle snakes and don't stray into tall grass.
Stop now and then and take in the scenery.
Trail is mostly open, so avoid hiking if it is very hot

Monday, September 03, 2012

Nice views. All dirt path with gates that you have to open. Got to see a trail of horse while on the hike. Has a nice incline to trail. When you get to the top you can either go back down or can go up monument peak trail that will take you to mission peak or take another completely different trail back down. Which I did and saw wild turkey and a coyote :D will come back with more time and do monument peak to mission peak!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

A waterfall over the debris dam, beautiful wide open canyon covered mostly in grasses, occasional rocks jutting up with their layers almost vertical and water flowing down the middle of it all make for stunning vistas that make the sometimes too faint trail harder to find due to not paying enough attention to it. When finished, the pool warmed by the hot spring waits.

(This review is for a trail in Santa Barbara County and I have no idea how it is somehow connected to this completely different trail by the same name now.)

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