Penitencia Creek Trail and North Rim Trail Loop

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Penitencia Creek Trail and North Rim Trail Loop is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 442 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

According to the Alum Rock Park website, the North Rim Trail is only open on the weekend. Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well.

South rim trail closed. Boooo

hiking
14 days ago

Very beautiful trail but you often have to look at your map because the trail is not well indicated. Twice I had to turn back because I was on the wrong trail.

Fairly easy intensity, not clearly marked in some areas, pretty views on the hill, nice mix of shade and sun

hiking
flooded
15 days ago

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Very nice trail but signage is not clear sometimes that make you go off the trail area. Saw lots of deer and pheasants Caution, the connection from the creek trail 50 the north rim is over the creek which seemed to be not possible to cross unless you want to get your feet wet.

very underwhelming

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

recorded Alum Rock South Rim Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for a Sunday afternoon stroll

One of the best gems in San Jose.

hiking
Sat Jun 30 2018

Good hike. It was nice hearing the creek through the trail. Half of the trail is shaded. Finished the trail in one in half hours. Even with the app, the trail was a little hard to follow.

walking
Tue May 08 2018

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

The lower parking lot was full, so I opted to drive back down to the neighborhood below. There is an upper parking lot that could work fine for a shorter hike. The first half of the hike was a bit busy. It winds through little parks where people were having BBQ’s. I’ll probably come back and take advantage of that space, but it’s not like a quiet nature hike. The second half along the upper rim trail was lovely. Not many people, and it hooked up along a ridge so you got some lovely views, including a view of the San Jose Valley. I went in May and everything was blooming and beautiful. Some of the signage could have been more clear. Ended up going a longer route and back tracking once or twice.

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