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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


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching






no dogs

A meandering 3 mile path alongside the Upper Penitencia River.

1 month 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 !

1 month 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

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

Flat easy trail but quite pretty next to the creek.

5 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.

8 months ago

Easy trail - good for people with kids!

9 months ago

beautiful trail, it was in the easier side.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Nice easy brisk walk in nature.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Easy trail .. Kid friendly park

Friday, August 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
Saturday, June 23, 2018

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Beautiful place. Loved it

nature trips
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I love the park itself more than this one trail.

Monday, January 22, 2018

easy trail along the creek. signs could be better

Friday, January 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!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Easy one

Wednesday, October 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!

Saturday, July 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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Wednesday, 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.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Simple hike, not too steep for a long period and there are benches. bring water, it's getting warm out!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

An easy, fun walk with lots to see. Our 4 year old had a lot of fun finding sticks and playing in the tiny creek at the end of the trail. We had our 18 month old in a kid backpack, but could have easily done it with a stroller.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Best of both worlds - shady trees, a peaceful flowing creek...and then a somewhat intense hike up hill to the top. Pretty nice views.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

An easy hike with shaded trails almost all the way. The sound of water flowing through the creek can be very soothing to the ears. If you get a chance to get close to the water, you'll find that it's very clear and you might even spot fishes scurrying about!

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