Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Milpitas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a beautiful hike. I took my grandchildren on this trail. We did not do the whole trail but enjoyed what we did do.

Great hike. Pretty hard at the beginning. A good variety of views over the bay. Crowded at the second peak but otherwise very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

moderate level hike. not much to say about the scene if you have done hikes like mt. diablo etc. the climb up is easy except for 203 sections of 500yards where there is an incline. mostly exposed to sun and not much special features. view from peak covers the lower bay. nothing spectacular, depending on the temparature on the day hike can go from moderate to hard. we had a group of six hiking starting at 8am ( gates open at 8 so be prepared to wait or park more than a mile back and hike, not worth). heat ramped up spectacularly by 12 and the exposed nature of the hike makes it an endurance hike, trail markers can be confusing for some. in summary a one time doable. cant say the same for repeat hikes

Nice change of scenery to peninsula hiking that I usually do and nice way up mission peak that is significantly less traveled. I’d say drawbacks were: very exposed/ very little shade, grassy and ticks so wear pants!, lots of cow ####, and I would not do this is in the summer mainly because I think the grass would be teaming with all those pesky pricklers.

2 months ago

The downhill part of the trail (going CCW), near the golf course, was totally overgrown. We had so many ticks on our clothing! Mid May 2018.

A LOT OF WIND BUT GREAT

5 months ago

$6 entrance/parking fee. dog friendly. off leash dog park. moderately difficult trails. nice lake

Breathtaking views, really light traffic once you get away from the trail heads. It’s definitely one of the hardest trails I’ve ever done, but also one I’ll never forget. Plenty of cute cows will stare at you as you make your way to the top, so prepare to have you heart stolen. Piece of advice though? Mind their poop!

Wow, this hike is gorgeous! And it’s a total ass-kicker, especially the first 3.5 miles! Be prepared for inclement weather...it was hot when I parked but super windy and foggy at the higher elevation.

Good experience with a great view at the end, but definitely a hard hike for first timers. Bring plenty of water!!!

Great workout on Christmas day -- perfect sunny temps, lots of bovine friends -- highly recommended. Will definitely plan on connecting to Mission Peak next time.

The best work out you can get with Beautiful views!!

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You need to go early in the morning there isn't any shade. The trails are not well marked

Amazing hike and great accomplishment!!! Well recommended to anyone.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a nice alternative to mission peak. The ascent is very gradual. Offers great views.

This ones a great leg workout!!!

mountain biking
11 months ago

opened and its mostly gravel. it can be congested with pedestrians depending the time of day you go (I went during lunch). I biked probably 5mi and the trail ended. there were no signs indicating where it continued.

road biking
Friday, August 11, 2017

You want to park at the Cottonwood Grove Entry, which is about 3/4 mile south of the Dixon Landing / N. McCarthy Blvd. intersection. From there, you can follow the paved path south until you reach the 237 underpass.

The entrance to go under 237 is not well marked. I totally missed it and had to back track. There are small openings along the fence where you can get through.

As you head further south, the trail becomes less maintained. Below Tasman Dr. you're on gravel. And once you cross under Montague Expressway, you'll come to a sign that says "Trail Ends" and I recommend that you turn around.

Overall, this trail isn't very interesting. It makes for an ok bike ride and you can continue north or west and do more biking if you want. If you head north along Fremont Blvd along the paved bay trail, you can connect to the trail that follows along Coyote Creek Lagoon (also on All Trails).

Sunday, August 06, 2017

We went up Agua Caliente to the top, and came down on some smaller unnamed trails. About 9 miles total.

Dry trail with mostly brown grass to you keep you company. Pretty up straight up at a gradual elevation, so it gets you up without being too tiring.

Decent valley views from the top, but nothing too spectacular. The creek with some trees at the mid-point is a nice break, but otherwise it's a pretty dull hike for summer times. I'm guessing Spring and Winter are more fun, and plan to find out some day!

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Had completed a 8.2 mile loop of this difficult hike with ~2000 feet elev gain starting from Tularcitos trail near the dog park in Ed Levin park. The loop comprised of Tularcitos trail - Agua Caliente trail - Monument Peak trail on the way out and Monument Peak Road - Agua Caliente trail - Tularcitos trail on the return. With some outstanding views, this hike is an option to the highly trafficked Mission Peak.

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Great workout, strenuous and hard. Almost gave up the first time i went. Just keep yourself motivated and keep going . never quit. Bring at least 2 liters of water or more. The earlier you hike, the better.

go early in the morning and bring lots of water

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

A dry, mostly uncovered trail with some bugs and weeds. You get nice views of the city and the lake from above. Nice views of hang gliders taking off. Pretty tough uphills.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful open vistas. Check for tics after walk and keep alert for rattle snakes. Start early in day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Monday, May 08, 2017

Hiked the trail in early May with my dog. He was *covered* in ticks (about 30 of them). Found a couple of them on myself also. I didn't see any signs warning about ticks. And some areas were completely overgrown with unavoidable thorny brush. It was painful.

I would not suggest this trail. Definitely don't take your dog here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

great day to go out and see the mystery walls. after all thus rain, the flowers were overgrown. Glad not to do this hike in the summer heat.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

-Beautiful view
-Moderate trail(be careful of the muddy patches due to recent rains)
-Very good trail for bird lovers
-Mostly no shade, so, try to start early in the day

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