Best trails in San Jose, California

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Looking for a great trail near San Jose, California? AllTrails has 73 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Castle Rock State Park or The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Almaden Quicksilver County Park or Huddart County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 38 moderate trails in San Jose ranging from 2.4 to 18.1 miles and from 141 to 2,979 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in San Jose, California
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#1 - Senador Mine to Mine Hill Loop
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
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Length: 14.0 mi • Est. 6 h 38 m
The Senador Mine to Mine Hill Loop in Almaden Quicksilver County Park is a short drive from downtown Los Gatos and the city of San Jose. The trail offers great views of the Bay Area and Guadalupe Reservoir and is well-marked with gentle rolling hills. Visitors can park at the Mockingbird Hill Lane entrance to access the trail. There is no parking at the McAbee entrance. Follow the New Almaden Trail to Cinnabar Trail, then head up Mine Hill Trail to Senador Mine Trail and back on Guadalupe Trail. Almaden Quicksilver County Park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities and encompasses over 4,000 acres. This is a popular park for wildflower viewing during spring.Show more
#2 - Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail Loop
Santa Teresa County Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h
Coyote Peak is the must-visit point in Santa Teresa County Park in southern San Jose, California. This loop to the peak is a good way to get there: steep enough to provide a good workout and scenic enough to reward your efforts. Coyote Peak looks out over the southern expanse of Silicon Valley, with great views of both the Diablo Range to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west. Admittedly, this park is not the sexiest hiking locale in the South Bay, but it's extremely accessible if you're in the neighborhood. And let's face it: few city parks have hills with this much elevation gain. Bear in mind that the park is very popular with mountain bikers, so come prepared to share the trails. This hike starts out at the Pueblo Day Use Area; you have to pay to park here, but the amenities (bathrooms, water, picnic tables, lots of parking spaces) are usually unavailable at the free trailheads around the park. Best time to come: If you come early in the morning before it gets too hot, you can hike here all year. Springtime wildflower season is very scenic, and winter offers the best views from Coyote Peak after a strong rain cleans up the smog. Summer and fall will be hot and dry with significant wildfire risk.Show more
#3 - Alum Rock South Rim Trail
Alum Rock Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Note: As of October 2020, the South Rim Switchbacks are closed indefinitely due to a damaged retaining wall. These switchbacks are on the eastern end of the loop on this page. You may still complete a loop by using the Sycamore Switchbacks instead. Please see the park website for more information: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/2088/2028 This is a great hot summer day hike, as this trail provides plenty of shade relief. Check out the remnants of the mineral spring spa. The trail starts paved, then turns to dirt pack. Coming out of the trail brings you along Alum Rock, and back to the trailhead. Some portions of the trails are shared with both bicycles and equestrians. There are some switchbacks, as noted on the map, that make the elevation climb much less strenuous. There is normally a $10 fee for parking inside the park, however parking is currently closed due to COVID-19, and dogs are not allowed. Show more
#4 - Webb Canyon, New Almaden, Cinnabar, Mine Hill, Randol and Prospect #3 Loop
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
The trail head head starts on Web Canyon Dr in Almaden. There is no dedicated parking, but there are plenty of spaces available along the sidewalks of the neighboring streets. The short, lightly trafficked Webb Canyon Trail at the bottom starts with a paved access road (closed to cars) then branches into the woods as a narrow trail along a beautiful hillside, especially in the fall with a blanket of new grass. The trail then continues (on both side) along a portion of New Almaden Trail, which is a narrow, shaded, canyon carving trail that zigzags in and out of the canyons at the feet of the Almaden hills with occasional short changes of elevation. The top of the trail is a section of Randol and Mine Hill Trails, which are much wider and more trafficked (including by bikes) and with generally less shade. The trail can easily be extended by taking a longer section of New Almaden Trail at the bottom or by exploring the vast network of trails around the old mine at the eastern end of the Randol and Mine Hill Trails.Show more
#5 - Arrowhead Loop Trail
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#6 - Sierra Road Loop
San Jose, California
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
#7 - Santa Teresa County Park Trail Loop
Santa Teresa County Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
#8 - Guadalupe and Mine Hill Loop via Webb Canyon Trail
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 6 h 11 m
Please use the Mockingbird Hill entrance of the park to access this trail as shown in the route here. Please do NOT use the McAbee entrance as the surrounding neighborhood does not allow for parking.Show more
#9 - Cottle Trail to Calero Reservoir and Lisa Killough Trail
Rancho San Vicente Open Space Preserve
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
#10 - Penitencia Creek Trail
Alum Rock Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
A meandering 3 mile path alongside the Upper Penitencia River.Show more
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