Stile Ranch and Fortini Loop

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Santa Teresa County Park

Stile Ranch and Fortini Loop is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Jose, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 449 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

running

wild flowers

wildlife

Stile Ranch Trail comes up often in any discussion of the best places to see wildflowers in the hills rimming Silicon Valley. The trail zigzags up the southern edge of Santa Teresa County Park, a hilly slice of the south end of San Jose, California. The trail's steep terrain and southern exposure make it a prime habitat for the California poppy, but many more species color this route as you go along. This 2.5-mile route is a nice introduction to Santa Teresa Count Park, which has a good trail network that is well-marked and easy to navigate. Springtime, of course, is the best time to try this hike, though the hiking will also be nice in the winter as long as the trails aren't too muddy.

hiking
15 days ago

Lovely trail, but very rocky. Definitely not stroller-friendly.

hiking
no shade
rocky
23 days ago

Trail was nice, except it was kind of narrow and we encountered a snake! Luckily, it was a gopher snake.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic flowers and biodiversity. Good balance of distance and gain - just a well rounded little hike.

Awesome trail will be back!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

not much shade but so many beautiful flowers!!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Parking lot is on the smaller side but you should be able to park nearby. I wouldn't say overly rocky but I was definitely feeling some sore ankles later in the night after this trail.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

it's a lot of rocks so be careful. also to start off to the left to have the the hard work first then the second half is mostly downhill with less rocks.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Trail was ok in the beginning. Not a very populated trail. I don’t recommend females going out by themselves. There were spots where there was no phone reception. If you get hurt you’re screwed. 1/3 of the trail had boulders and was very rocky. Almost felt like I was gonna roll my ankle. Watch for mountain bikers coming down the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 months ago

My mom and I loved it. Was challenging because of the muddy and slippery road, but we had fun. Beautiful scenery. I just wished they have some portable potties. They should encourage owners to keep pets on a leash.

hiking
no shade
rocky
Sun Apr 28 2019

My daughters and I did this last summer, and I still remember it as the worst hike ever. It was extremely hot and without shade. The worst part, though, is that quite a bit of the trail is on very uneven and slippery rock (maybe serpentine?). I was 55 at the time and was terrified I was going to roll an ankle or fall. I think this would be a very dangerous hike if there was any moisture at all on the trail. Hiking poles are an absolute must unless you’re a mountain goat.

hiking
no shade
rocky
Wed Apr 17 2019

hiking
Fri Apr 05 2019

Beautiful poppies along the trail this afternoon!

hiking
rocky
Sun Mar 31 2019

hiking
muddy
rocky
Sun Mar 24 2019

hiking
Mon Apr 18 2016

Took this trail by accident. Interesting to see a different side of San Jose. However, a portion of the trail has sliding rocks so be careful where step. It's quite narrow and hard to find shade for a break. Great for solo hiking and bike ride. The incline and sun is enough to question exercising ever again. Towards the end of the trail there's a nice grassy area to chill. Not a trail I would repeat.

Sat Apr 16 2016

A nice hike with a few spots that were picture worthy, but overall, nothing that really made me or my kids stop to enjoy the view.

Sat Mar 21 2015

I've been on this trail twice so far and find it to be a gem of an experience. Parking is at the end of a road on a dirt patch. If you follow the trail clockwise, it takes you up a steep and rocky trail. The views of the valley are fantastic there, especially in the morning sun. Looping around, the great views of the surrounding area (and wildflowers) don't disappoint. Its a great intro to the area and an easy enough hike that you can fit it in early in the day. Be sure to bring a cap and water. While the trail is short, there is almost NO share on it and its tough enough that you could work up a sweat on a hot day. Also watch for horse droppings. There are enough people on horseback on the trail that you need to watch your step at times.

hiking
Mon Mar 09 2015

very scenic when wildflowers are in season. the stile ranch trail and rocky ridge trails have incredible flower blooms. blooms were in march this year.

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