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Penitencia Creek Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Jose, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 262 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
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Facilities

A meandering 3 mile path alongside the Upper Penitencia River.

Parking on street nearby.

Weather
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Reviews (266)
Photos (258)
Recordings (267)
Completed (707)
emilio nunez
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Piyush Aiya
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Hiking

was closed on Dec 4th.

sophia yue
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HikingMuddy

kind of easy trail. Good view all around

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Rick L
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Walking

Great hike and plenty to see. Lots of side trails as well to explore. Saw a few deer pretty close up and they hardly flinched.

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Hello World
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The trail is closed

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Rajas Upadhye
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Hiking

Nice beginners trail , did a mix of south rim trail and came back down the same way to do half of the creek trail. Lots of birds sighting and we were lucky to see a few deers as well. All in all a good hike !

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Wonder Power
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Hiking

Beautiful easy chill trail. Love the creek. very serene. saw a baby deer. one of my favorite trail to jog through. Bring bottle of water.

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Ewout van Bekkum
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Hiking

nice amount of shade

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Wendy Werner
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Elaine Tan
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Hiking

flat trail prefect for a hot summer day. a lot of shade.

Shayan Saeed
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Walking

Flat easy trail but quite pretty next to the creek.

Chenxing Wang
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Very kids friendly, even for toddlers. beautiful view with hill, Creek, wildflower, bridges in spring time. Keep an eye on young kids on the trail, since there's no fence on the steep edge of some sections of the trail.

Ravali Kandur
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Hiking

Easy trail - good for people with kids!

Asish Mohapatra
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beautiful trail, it was in the easier side.

Aarash Nozaad
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Beautiful and cozy trail and it’s mixed with the nature. Very relaxing.

Jenny P.
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Walking

Nice easy brisk walk in nature.

Jenny P.
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Hiking

Nice and easy stroll in the shade most of the way.

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Elenet 21
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Hiking
Ekta Shetty
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Easy trail .. Kid friendly park

Lamarr Leek
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I never used to hike before after coming here I'm addicted! If you like nature up close and personal this is it.

Alex Tati
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Nature trips

Nice views and many different bird species to admire. Also nice creek you can walk along

theresa kwong
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This is a stroller friendly stroll alongside a pretty shaded creek.

Deepthi Rao
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Beautiful place. Loved it

Brandon Siddall
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Nature trips

I love the park itself more than this one trail.

nidhi malhotra
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Hiking

easy trail along the creek. signs could be better

F R
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Beautiful trail and managed well with a baby in the stroller and a toddler on foot. Also had my mom who uses a cane with me. Will be back!

BADRI TRIPATHY
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Easy one

Jen Prompanya
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Hiking

It’s a nice shaded trail that follows the creek. The creek has fish and leads up to mineral springs. We saw deer and hawks along the way!

Rose Beach
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Had an AWESOME tine with my family. Great for picnics, games, throwing a football then having a great walk with tons to look at and beautiful surroundings.

Amber Renee
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Running

Super fun trail run. Lots of chances to wander around the hills and explore. Will definitely go again.

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