Alum Rock South Rim Trail

MODERATE 113 reviews
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Alum Rock South Rim Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
954 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no dogs

Lots of shade for hot summer days, historic century-old mineral spring spa. This is a great hot summer day hike, as this trail provides plenty of shade relief. Check out the remnants of the mineral spring spa. The trail starts paved, then turns to dirt pack. Coming out of the trail brings you along Alum Rock, and back to the trailhead. Some portions of the trails are shared with both bicycles and equestrians. There are some switchbacks, as noted on the map, that make the elevation climb much less strenuous. There is currently a fee of $6.00 for parking inside the park, and dogs are not allowed. This trail is closed on Mondays.

5 days ago

So nice right now. The bridges are stunning.

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5 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes. Not too hard. Great hiking through tree shaded north slope trails. Beware: I have personally had all too close brush with a rattler here. I've also heard credible reports of mountain lion sightings on this trail. Two words: Situational Awareness.

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22 days ago

Wow it is real beautiful here. The stream runs all the way through and it's so peaceful.

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2 months ago

This was my 3-year olds first hike. I'm from San Diego where most hikes are desert (full sun, no trees) and so this beautiful hike with all the trees and the fact we saw deer gets this hike 5 stars! My son made it to the top. I'm so proud. He asked to be carried one time but that lasted about 10 minutes and then he wanted to walk/explore on his own.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views of the hills and city.
The South Rim switchback (eastmost part) is currently closed because of a landslide. Looks like you could walk over it but I just turned back as the signs recommended.
Parking is $6 for a day.

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4 months ago

Wonderful views of San Jose and off-roading was nice

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