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Stevens Canyon Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cupertino, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,079 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Lake

Views

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Note: As of June 2020, users report that a down tree and an active beehive has closed the top section of the trail.

Note: Temporary closures may be in effect for trails in this loop during wet weather. This loop is comprised of Tony Look, Lookout, Vista Loop, Fern, and Coyote Ridge trails. Parking is off of Stevens Canyon Road.

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Reviews (700)
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Recordings (665)
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Katie Rose
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Hiking

Trail was very steep uphill and sunny to begin, going clockwise. Definitely need to have lots of water. Nice and wide to begin with. This part of the trail has some great views of the valley. Second half you finally hit the shade and that’s when the trail really starts to narrow. Only about a foot wide in a couple of spots with a fairly steep edge downwards. If you don’t have the best balance you may want to have a walking stick. This area is very pretty and has a lot of trees and shade. Once you’re out of the trees you have another stretch in the hot sun with no shade coverage so again having a lot of water and sunscreen is a necessity (I have a large hydro flask and finished it before the hike ended). Hike also seemed to be a bit longer than 5.9 miles, closer to 6.5.

Marissa Recordss
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HikingRocky

The trail is really 6.78 recorded on my Apple Watch. Be careful super dry and seen a HUGE rattle snack. Would start earlier.

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Angelo Alaimo
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Hiking

Quite narrow train in sections around the 3 mile mark. Impossible to pass in a socially distanct way with a trail that is about 18 inches wide in sections. About 60% of people have masks in their possession and using them.

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M W
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Hiking

Partly shaded, moderately difficult hike with some nice views at the top.

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femalehiker .com
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Hiking

Nice trail for some exercise. Typical dry trail for the first half (going clockwise) and then it winds into shade for the second half. Suunto put this at 6.1mi for me. Dog friendly but the trail gets narrow in some parts so you have to scoot by groups with some care

Miles Brooks
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Hiking

Steep climb in the sun to start so make sure you start before the heat. Great view of the bay on the way up. On the way down you wave through coast live oak valleys and past the reservoir.

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Mary Siharath
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Hiking

2 hours for this hike. I recommend coming early to avoid the sun so before 8 am is perfect.

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Verena Niem
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Hiking

Nice trail with a lot of shade. The beginning is a bit crowded, but later on are less people. Dog friendly:) Nice views on some point

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Wael Hussein
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Hiking

Enough parking. Wonderful scenery. Good shades.

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Steve Hernandez
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Hiking

It is a good trail to go to if you start by going left instead of right toward the lake. It starts off uphill immediately and continues for a good while. Again would recommend going early to be the traffic. Once finished there were too many people and the trail can get real small. Be prepared for a good amount of uphill. Would recommend if you are going to start at at the Steven’s Creek County Park and park there and walk to your hike. Not a far walk but may feel far after this hike. Free parking

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Alex P
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Hiking

Great trail for dogs. Most of it is shaded and in the woods, but the last 1.5 miles are on a dirt path that’s a bit exposed. Can be narrow in some areas, and it gets busy later in the day. Saw the fallen tree halfway through but looks like it got chopped up so not difficult to step over. Did not see any bees so guessing they dealt with the beehive.

Vidur Chanana
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Hiking

A part of the trail was closed is closed due to a down tree (not too big) and a beehive. Some of the trekkers were able to go past the tree and the bees.

Kedar Raje
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Turned back halfway due to warnings from hikers ahead that trail is closed due to a fallen tree and beehive. Other than that, beautiful hike - mostly shade - trail is quite narrow in parts so social distancing becomes difficult (wear a mask). Even with the halfway mark closed, got a solid 5.1 miles in about 2 hrs.

Paige Becker
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Hiking

The top portion is closed due to a tree down and active beehive so you cannot complete the loop

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Praveen Suggala
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Hiking

This trail is too good. Please save this as it’s Perfect for hot summer with lot of shade and beautiful lake and u are sure to see a deer and lot of wild rosemary plants. Very good for photography.not tiring at all and yet you can get 8 miles.

Soo Jung R.
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McKenzie Campagna
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Hiking

Just did this trail on a Friday around noon, during Covid-19. This is a gorgeous trail and the ascent is a little challenging, but it wasn’t too bad for us (we’re young and moderately active). Contrary to other reviews, there were quite a few parts of the trails (we followed this route on AllTrails) where it was hard to maintain the 6 feet of social distancing required, and at one point we crossed paths with a pair of joggers that was much too close for comfort on the narrower parts of the trail. Most people adhere to the social distancing but some people still think it’s not a big deal and don’t make much effort to distance. Just fyi. I think if you stick to the Tony Look & Coyote Ridge Trail, it’s easier to maintain the distancing. We completed it in about 3 hours. Bring water and hats/sunscreen!

Grace Hwang
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Hiking

Scenic hike

Ashley White
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Hiking

Shaded area and very sunny areas. Great views. Bring water.

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Mary Siharath
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Hiking

Easy and scenic hike!

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Maheen Shaf
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Hiking

We visited during COVID-19 restrictions on a weekday before 5 pm and found it mostly easy to stay 6 feet from other hikers, of which they were plentiful. This trail is a nice mixture of shaded and open views. Surprisingly, when walking next to the creek and the reservoir, we did not experience any bugs! I am an avid hiker (usually 10±, rates hard, are my preference), and I must say, the ascent and descent are nothing to be flippant about. I would do this hike again, though I would prefer it in the morning, especially as the summer months draw near. I also arrived via Route 9 to Redwood Gulch, and that is a stunning drive if you like hairpin turns, single lane roads, and gorgeous mountainside. (I adored it)

Jason Collins
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Hiking

Incredible views!

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Yue Gan
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Hiking

Great trail! awesome view, wild flowers, birds and cute rabbits. Use the parking lot at the campground. It's free and closer to the trail. (At least I didn't see any sign or machine for payment.) I used Rim trail on the way back so there is no overlapping route.

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Madleina Scheidegger
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Dasha Kirpichnikova
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Aye Khaine
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