Alviso Slough Trail

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Alviso Slough Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alviso, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

beach

river

views

no dogs

1 month ago

Level and easy. Great pick for a rest day or when you need a trail for a longer run.

off road driving
1 month ago

So why does it say off-roading if there is nothing to off-roading too??????

1 month ago

very peaceful as always

2 months ago

Nice beautiful trail
No elevation

walking
3 months ago

Nice easy winter stroll. Great view of the bay and nearby hills/mountains. Fun to watch so many different species of birds.

hiking
4 months ago

flat trail and birds were enjoyable

trail running
5 months ago

Not much change in elevation. Trail is flat and well defined. Great place to run.

trail running
6 months ago

Perfect loop for running/ biking. Started my long run at around 1pm and finished the loop in just over an hour. Although it was a bit hot, great time for running for someone who don't mind a little sun tan.

So easy to track your progress with this 8.8 mile loop. Will be back soon.

7 months ago

Pretty flat trail, but great place for bird watching. Try not to go after rainy days... the mud sticks pretty thick to your shoes and continues to accumulate until you have mud heels and need to scrape it off.

hiking
10 months ago

The side along the Amtrak rail was smelly. But the view was nice after we walked past the rail area. It was very sunny but the wind felt pretty nice. It was a good, long walk.

walking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wonderful place to disconnect and enjoy wide open scenic views of the salt ponds and wild birds.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

don't go when it's hot. no shade anywhere. if you walk around right there are signs everywhere that say the area is closed. but if you go left from the parking lot there are no signs at all.
bring lots of water.no places to rest or go to the bathroom except at the parking lot.. it's about a good 4 mile walk if you follow the circle.

walking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Beautiful!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Muddy... Also, didn't know that it would be hunting season until the end of the month...I was startled when two men shot at some birds flying by. I was surprised as to how close they were allowed to be to the pedestrian path... Those bullets have got to come down at some point:(

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wonderful, make sure you go around sunset so you can walk out and see the sun set over the hills and reflect in everything. Lots of mud so don't go when it's just rained !!

hiking
Thursday, August 27, 2015

A relatively easy semi-long distance hike due to no real elevation changes. We did it twice and once you are past the "stinky' section, its quite peaceful and lots of birds! Since it is a loop, I recommend going counterclock along the New Chicago Marsh to get past the stinky section and return along Guadalupe River.

walking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's not the most beautiful place to hike... It's very rough and stunk... But if you are creative, the landscape feels like another planet.

walking
Friday, April 18, 2014

Just back from this trail. I loved it. I did it as a solo walker - like some others on here - my longest 'real outdoor' walk. There are no signs once you are on the trail so I did get the feeling initially that I was walking to San Fransisco! Firstly, it's flat, which for me is something of a treat. Secondly, despite not being the slightest bit interested in birds, I was amazed at the variety that was there. I think I saw an albatross but I could be wrong. I was there when the gates opened about 8am and the whole loop took me about 2.5 hours.

My mistakes: I didn't take sunscreen because I assumed the bay would be fogged out. It wasn't. Also, consider a hat. There is no shade (not that I was expecting any) and take plenty of water; if the sun is high in the sky, you really don't want a sunburnt head or a bit of the old sun stroke.

Apart from the muted honk of the Amtrak trains and the airport, it was silent apart from the birds. Don't do this walk if you have ever been scared of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. There were two enormous crows that seemed to be following me, and several hissy geese. For the most part, the gulls just appeared mildly perturbed that I had interrupted their breakfast and I felt incredibly apologetic when interrupting the copulation of various ducks. About 3/4 of the way round there is a big old chunk of wood that's perfect for a bit of a sit down.

For me, I'd have liked it cooler, but the walk was gorgeous and I will be doing it again. Plus - 9 miles before lunch - result!

hiking
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This was probably my longest hike...definitely the longest done solo. It was a challenge but an enjoyable one due to photo opportunities. I only met a group of three hikers and two bikers during the entire hike. Birds on the other hand were countless, and more types than I have ever seen in one place. Additionally, I encountered a brave ground squirrel that was quite cool with being photographed, and a not-so brave bunny. Among the birds were pelicans, egrets, ducks, geese, ravens, seagulls and a few others I didn't know the names of. The wind was coming from the East and there was no smell at all. The downside was that wind did bother my ears at a few points during the hike, and by the end, around 6pm, got rather strong - I would suggest bringing headphones if hiking alone and I regretted not bringing any as I'd prefer to listen to music instead of only wind for 4 hours. The trails definitely get your shoes dusty so be ready for that; all 9 miles are flat so there is no climbing involved unless you climb the few feet down to the water. Make sure to bring plenty of water and if doing the whole 9 miles (there are a couple shortcut points to make the hike what I'd estimate at 2, 5 and maybe 7 miles) bring some snacks too. Last, but not least, wear sunscreen as there is no shade anywhere along the way. For me the temperature was around 65F, I was not hot due to cool wind, but I don't think I'd venture out there past 70F regardless.

walking
Friday, November 16, 2012

This place is good for long flat way running other than that it is not good. Some places it is smelling badly. Even if there is bit of sun don't go In to the trial it is about 9 miles, not even a single tree no change in the environment. No place to sit . If there is rain four or five days back I suggest not to go there. It is muddy in many places .

hiking
Monday, November 05, 2012

Not a lot of people, good parking, great water view.

hiking
Saturday, August 11, 2012

It's a 9 mile loop ; pretty flat; but if you go early in the morning, you can find a lot of pelicans, egrets, blue herons, etc.

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