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Stevens Canyon Trail

MODERATE 339 reviews

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.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,079 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 days ago

A healthy range of emotions!

running
1 month ago

Great trail for running. As some people wrote, there is a blockage around vista trail, but we easily found a little detour. Great views of the valley, some shade along the way, especially at the beginning.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking fee

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
2 months ago

Nice way to spend a few hours. The trail junctions are a bit confusing and I encountered a few hikers unsure of where they were or how to proceed. The Lookout Trail section is a bit overgrown and more narrow than other sections, so watch your footing. There isn't good visibility in some areas of this section due to switchbacks, making it hard to watch for snakes or cats. The lookout point is great, but was swarming in bugs and therefore not a pleasant place to rest. Vista Loop, Fern, and Coyote Ridge are wide and gradual — I'd recommend coming down this way, as the view is great but the trail a bit more dull. The overall loop is shaded on the reservoir side (which also has the soundtrack of the nearby gun range) and exposed on the ridge. I'd agree with other reviewers that this loop felt longer than 5.9mi, but I did not track and therefore cannot confirm! Have your credit card ready for the $6 machine fee.

hiking
2 months ago

Much longer than stated, Strava has me down as doing 9.5 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Was exposed for most of it, but great coverage on the last few miles. The way-markers were not wholly accurate with distances and many of the forks in the trails were not marked. Many sections were overgrown. However, it was still a great hike. I suggest it for mornings and early afternoon.

recorded Recording - Jul 15, 09:59 PM

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

this was an exceptional trail w good elevation gain and a few rollers. it took longer than expected and ran a good chunk in the dark. the only caveat is there is a section of the trail designated as mtn lion country, fwiw.

hiking
closed
3 months ago

Couldn’t make it al the way through the loop. Went sbot 1/2 way and then double back due to the trail being damaged. But great hike and ice views.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

wild dog at Tony Look Trail head

hiking
3 months ago

Half part of the trail is closed because road is damaged by rain.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Pretty trail with great views starting with a trail. we saw a few people on the trail which was nice. The last two miles of the trail has no shade, and it was very hot. The path to vista trail was closed because of storm which made the trail 0.7 miles longer. It has some elevation to it but it you get the elevation over two miles. The views of lake and mountains is gorgeous. There’s a peak which is highest point in Fremont area.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Better wear long pants, super over grown

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty good trail with good views around Tony lookout trail. Went here on a weekday and saw only a handful of people. Saw a lot of birds including wild turkey so really good for bird watching. There were also some parts were the you’d have to trek on bushes and trees that have fallen down so wear proper attire- pants and long sleeve. Also saw several rattlesnakes during my hike.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Saw two rattlesnakes mating right in the middle of the trail. Pretty cool overall with lots of birds and bees and butterflies. But quite hot even at the start of May.

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful time to hike this trail – lots of wildflowers and wildlife – be careful not to step on the lizards! The Fern Trail portion still appeared to be closed off due to storm damage, but the signage was unclear – I wish the signage could be improved or the trail could be repaired as needed to allow hikers through. A day vehicle permit is $6 and you can only pay for the permit with a credit card via a finicky machine. :)

hiking
closed
6 months ago

Pretty trail unfortunately we were not able to complete the full loop because there was a trail closed sign

hiking
7 months ago

This is our “home trail” used for quick training or when we don’t have time for a longer full-day hike. The portion near Stevens Creek Reservoir (Tony Look Trail) is our favorite—lots of shade and single track, very few people. Lots of poison oak though! Like other reviewers have mentioned, the coyote ridge portion in FO is exposed and can be very hot on sunny days. To avoid the heat and crowds on weekends, sometimes we hike from the dam on the Tony Look side, climb up to Nob Hill, then turn around for an out and back rather than a loop for about 7 miles.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

Didn't hike the full trail, but the part I did walk was beautiful. It was raining pretty heavy the week before so the creeks and everything were full of water and the plants were very green. Things were a bit muddy though due to the rain. Only saw 2 other people while there, so not very crowded at all! Great trail for taking dogs on.

hiking
8 months ago

The loop is 6.7 mile, and the description in the app is not accurate.

hiking
10 months ago

I’d recommend starting with the coyote ridge trail and doing the loop that way. The lookout trail and tony look trails are hiking only and you lose a lot of the crowd once you get off the coyote ridge and fern trails. Great views of the entire Bay Area, definitely recommend making the extra push up to Maisie’s Peak. Overall great hike!

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