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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 and offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 2,106 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Fishing Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers
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Note: As of April 2020, Part of Agua Caliente trail (above Calera Creek trail junction) is closed due to a locked gate. 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

Park at the Sandy Wool Lake Parking Area

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Bianca Lingscheit
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Walking

I believe we didn’t do this exact trail but a much harder version. The first 4 miles are completely uphill and the last 4 are downhill. You have a beautiful view throughout the hike but there is no shade. If you’re looking for a killer hike to kick your butt this is it because it was very difficult

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Andrea Salinas
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HikingNo shade

Dogs friendly on leash, lots of cattle and hardly no shade. Less traffic than mission peak but as steep as mission peak.

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Paris Millan Ordoñez
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Hiking

great to avoid crowded trails like mission peak, I was able to let my dog unleashed after 2-3 km, definitely worth it

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Caitlin Jellison
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Hiking

Watch out for cows!! Awesome hike with beautiful views of San Jose. If you’re in “quarantine shape” like me the elevation gain can be brutal, but doable! Trail gets a lot less crowded when it breaks off from the main trail. Great for dogs! We had our lab with us and took him off leash for part of the trail bc there was no one else around. He did get a little too close for comfort to some cows lounging in the shade of a tree though. We also came across a pack of cows laying down right in the middle of the trail so we had to find a creative way to go around them off trail

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War Ro
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HikingClosed

Some of the gates on the trails are a little tricky to open at times. Might need to push the gate up a bit to get it out of the way before you pull the handle to unlatch.

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Errol Retzloff
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HikingMuddyNo shade
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Janett M.
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HikingMuddy

Super muddy 1st/last mile, almost ate it several times coming down as it was raining pretty good. Lots of cute little roadblocks (cows) on the way.

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Katryna Kviatkevich
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Hiking

Good workout trail, not crowded, good view. Please note: after rain hiking down could be dangerous - it would be too slippery. Have to pay for parking $6 (credit cards accepted)

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Roxana Gonzalez Ruiz
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HikingMuddy

So pretty, great views. I went early February and the hills were all green. Parts of the hike are a steep incline. Not too hard though, but it gets you sweaty. Highly recommend.

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Sohan P.
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RunningNo shade

Very difficult trail. Going up will tear you down. Going down will build you up. Easy to navigate while running but I would recommend having your phone in your vest.

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Ameya Dharkar
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown
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Shanmugam Ramasamy
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Hiking

Vera level trail

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Chris Mirag
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Hiking

Only went up to hang glider take off spot.

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Deepika Chitikela
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

I would not recommend this trail as there were many cows and bulls on the trail after half way that were coming onto us which made us scared so we had to change our path and go off route to escape them.

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P Kuo
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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.

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Sarah M
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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.

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Rohan T
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Hiking

-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

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Olivier Barthomeuf
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Running

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.

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Judi R
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Hiking

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.

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Olivier M
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Hiking

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.

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Aine Prendo
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Hiking

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.

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Ahmad Abdeljawad
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Hiking

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.

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Andrew Vandeford
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Hiking

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.

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Mathew Varghese
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Hiking

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

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Jennifer Adams
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Hiking

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!!

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Valerie Norton
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Hiking
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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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