Penetencia Creek Trail to South Rim to Sycamore Switchback

MODERATE 57 reviews
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Penetencia Creek Trail to South Rim to Sycamore Switchback is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 685 feet Route Type: Loop

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Note: This trail might be closed due to falling boulders and rocks. Please check with the park page for more information.

Tried to do this trail but it was closed to falling boulders and rocks. A little disappointed, but when walking back towards the car to regroup we found a trail to our left and decided to do it. It was a bit steep to start out but going down wasn’t too bad. Got a cool view of Silicon Valley, Smokey from kincade fire but still beautiful.

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rocky
2 months ago

easy trail

Would definitely recommend this trail in the spring! I came late March and everything was very green and beautiful. The trail was fairly moderate/easy with amazing views of San Jose in the distance and of Penetencia Creek. It hadn’t rained in several days so over all the trail wasn’t muddy but the ground was damp.

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bugs
7 months ago

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9 months ago

Lots of ferns on the way up, awesome views.

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Mon Apr 02 2018

Moderate trail best visited during spring when grass in green and wild flowers are in full blossom. We parked near mineral springs area parking lot, pretty much at the end of road. This is paid parking. Once there, we crossed the bridge to get to mineral spring picinc area (towards left) and continued walking past several more picnic areas towards left. The Penetencia trail continues along the Penetencia creek on the left and at one point converts into South rim trail. This is a beautiful, shaded section almost flat until we reach switchbacks which are quite gradual. Once at the top, there are wide open views of the valley and the mountain across which has north rim trail. Until this point, the trail is almost completely shaded. We continued to walk along South rim trail until we reached a fork. We took the path towards right as they go down back. These are Sycamore switchbacks which directly overlook the parking lot and mineral springs area below. The switchbacks are fully exposed to sun with almost no shade. We felt we would have worked our muscles bit harder coming up from here instead. Once down, we just turned left to go back to the parking lot past mineral springs picnic area. We loved this area more since the the mountains were lush green with yellow wild flowers everywhere.

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recorded Penitencia Creek Trail

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recorded Recording - Jul 14, 12:44 PM

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recorded Alum Rock South Rim Trail

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