Penitencia Creek Trail

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Penitencia Creek Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 262 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

lake

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

A meandering 3 mile path alongside the Upper Penitencia River.

hiking
1 month ago

was closed on Dec 4th.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

kind of easy trail. Good view all around

walking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
closed
2 months ago

The trail is closed

hiking
5 months ago

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 !

hiking
5 months ago

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.

nice amount of shade

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

Flat easy trail but quite pretty next to the creek.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
Fri Jan 25 2019

Easy trail - good for people with kids!

Sun Dec 23 2018

beautiful trail, it was in the easier side.

Tue Dec 11 2018

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

walking
Wed Oct 24 2018

Nice easy brisk walk in nature.

recorded Penitencia Creek Trail

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

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

hiking
Tue Oct 09 2018

Sun Sep 30 2018

Easy trail .. Kid friendly park

Fri Aug 17 2018

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

nature trips
Sat Jun 23 2018

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

Wed Apr 11 2018

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

Tue Mar 27 2018

Beautiful place. Loved it

nature trips
Tue Mar 13 2018

I love the park itself more than this one trail.

hiking
Mon Jan 22 2018

easy trail along the creek. signs could be better

Fri Jan 19 2018

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!

Tue Nov 14 2017

Easy one

hiking
Wed Oct 04 2017

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!

Sat Jul 15 2017

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.

running
Wed Jun 21 2017

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

walking
Wed May 17 2017

Traverses most of the floor of the park valley. Great walk if you're aiming to just relax. Beautiful foliage. Lots of park visitors.

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