Santa Teresa County Park Trail Loop

MODERATE 108 reviews

Santa Teresa County Park Trail Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1768 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

hiking
21 seconds ago

I can't believe this isn't reviewed more. Perhaps it's because I'm not from around here, but the hilly views really surprised me with how attractive they were. You also get near-immediate payoff here with great views of the city on your way up.

Swaths of this one are probably best as bike trails, but I wasn't bored at all on a solo hike through the drearier paths. This is also a good "build-a-hike" area; I tacked on the loop to the southeast by accident and liked the change of scenery.

Challenging, serene, not too busy.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking

3 months ago

A great workout at some point but wish less cows' poop!. We did it in 2 hours 35 minutes!

hiking
3 months ago

Good exercise. Enjoy nice view from the hill and see lots of wildlife such as deer, coyote and etc. There is almost no shade. Recommend enjoy by the noon in hot weather.

walking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

the trail is not too long ,but good to see everything at the top

trail running
7 months ago

7 months ago

Nice hike !!!

hiking
8 months ago

Very open not much shade.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail- but take your allergy meds!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of the rolling hills. Best time to go is in the spring when everything is green and the wild flowers are blooming. There are a few creeks that are flowing well right now with all the rain!

Activities: Hiking, Horse trails, mountain biking

Monday, December 26, 2016

great hike. good views and nice elevation variations

hiking
Friday, December 16, 2016

Absolutely love this trail! I try to go on it every Saturday morning before work since you can create your own trail (there are several different trails in the park). Definitely quite a bit uphill at times, but the views are breathtaking. From some of the bends and peaks you can see the whole South Bay on a clear day.

I highly suggest going in the winter or spring since the hills are Shire-like green with wildflowers by February. You may not want to go right after a rain since the trail can be a bit muddy at times in some spots. There's not a lot of shade, so bring plenty of water, SPF, and a hat in the summer. Lots of deer are regularly seen in the area and the occasional bobcat.

Overall I highly recommend this to anybody in the South Bay who doesn't want to drive clear out to Santa Cruz or Pleasanton for a hilly hike. It's practically the Silicon Valley's backyard!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Perfect 3-hour walking trail.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The trail was very warm, little shade. It is not an easy hike, but it is enjoyable. I saw quite a few deer and a bob cat on the trail today.

horseback riding
Monday, July 11, 2016

The Rocky Ridge Trail lived up to its name.

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

Easy hike (especially if you're just starting out)with multiple options. Some trails (like mine trail) ok for stroller.

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Green grass, wild flowers, views and great for the dog. Part of trail is heavy single track for bikes but zero issues. Some mud, but great to hear water in the creeks. Great time of year for this hike.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Best to hike in the early morning. I saw deers, turnkey, and coyote there. Awesome view.

hiking
Friday, November 20, 2015

Beautiful views of the San Jose area.

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