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Bernal Hill and Vista Loop Trail

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Santa Teresa County Park

Bernal Hill and Vista Loop Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 761 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

road biking

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

views

wildlife

mountain biking
blowdown
7 days ago

Amazing

It was steep and not much shade at all.

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

No shade at all. So I’d say start early. Steady climb to the top. About a mile of pretty good incline. Nice views of the South Bay below.

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

Perfect loop for some exercise great views and fresh air. A moderate climb in the beginning but enough flat road to allow you to catch your breath. We did see some thirsty dogs so be sure you bring water.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Wow I cannot believe this has been practically in my backyard and I never knew it! There’s sweet chickens to greet you, they’ll be your biggest fans =} Such a breathtaking view of the valley, and you don’t even have to hike too far up to begin the beautiful views. Wildflowers litter the pasture and add color to the landscape during spring. On a clear, sunny cloudy day is the best! I enjoyed every moment, and there’s so many variations of the trails you can travel. Sort of rocky for a good chunk of the uphill, definitely an important factor for some hikers.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice short after-work trail around sunset with Golden grass gleaming in the sun.

running
6 months ago

Great 5k hill loop

running
7 months ago

Great sun rise

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Great for hike with little kids.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a good hike. There are no shades so it might be tough on hot summer day.

hiking
no shade
Sat May 04 2019

Good views. Start early as there is no shade on the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
Tue Apr 16 2019

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

hiking
Sat Apr 13 2019

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

hiking
muddy
off trail
Sat Apr 06 2019

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

Wed Jan 02 2019

Awesome view from above!

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

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

hiking
Sat Jun 02 2018

Early morning is the best time to hike. I’m not sure if foxes lives here but I saw a gray fox-like by the bushes or just a Siberian husky not on leash.

walking
Thu Mar 15 2018

Good workout rewarded by great views on southern San Jose. Except for some moments on Vista Loop and Bernal Hill Loop, the power poles always remind you that you are not far from civilization.

hiking
Mon Mar 05 2018

Wonderful little hike if you are looking to get your nature fix! The view of the hills are absolutely stunning this time of year due to the rainfall. The trail was pretty low trafficked, though it I did do this on a Monday morning. I would recommend bringing sunscreen and water since the first portion of the hike is under the sun and uphill! The parking lot could probably fit 7-10 cars. At 9:00 am it was empty, but when I returned at 10 it had filled up.

hiking
Mon Sep 04 2017

Great Trail! But when we finished hiking my son had 4 ticks on. him

Thu Jun 29 2017

Enjoyed this trail today. It starts out pretty steep but is a great workout with nice views.

Wed May 17 2017

Nice hike. Good pull right out of the gate. Ridge line hiking up top. Great views of south San Jose.

running
3 hours ago

hiking
3 days ago

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