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

nice hiking for 60 minutes

a fav on a cool morn!

A Nice Hike to go to on even on a hot day. North Rim trail was closed so took the switchback trail to south rim trail. Wasn't too disappointed though. The switchback is a pretty good workout in itself. The park as such is a really good place to plan a group picnic. A lot of Picnic spots and tables with nets for some outdoor shuttle or some volleyball. Loads of trails and biking routes. Many alternatives to lengthen the trek. Definitely looking forward to coming again and doing another trail

Good tree cover. Fun hike!

Good hike. It was nice hearing the creek through the trail. Half of the trail is shaded. Finished the trail in one in half hours. Even with the app, the trail was a little hard to follow.

Favorite go-to hike. Gets hot in the summer months but there is quite a bit of shade along the way with some nice breezes. Beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife can be seen on this trail too. The first hill is a killer, then easy to moderate thereafter.

Great trail. Recommend using this app to navigate as trails are mostly (but not always) marked and easy to follow. Hiked up to Coyote Peak, which was well worth it. Lots of animals to see in the morning! Huge shout out to Tony H. for leaving his trekking poles for hikers to borrow. Helped me a lot! Definitely going to buy some for myself. I suggest using some if there are any in the loaner bin. Start early! Mostly uncovered. Wonderful vistas. 8 miles in 3.75 hours (including lengthy break at Coyote Peak)

Loved this trail! All the tree coverage made it a very pleasant hike on a hot day, and the scent of wildflowers and herbs along the way was intoxicating :) Can’t wait to go back!

Good hike but very little shade, so best hiked in spring or fall. Moderate uphill hike for first 3 miles and down the last mile. Could be reversed since it’s a loop. Saw a few lizard and pretty white butterfly’s but not much else. There are many more scenic hikes nearby.

nature trips
22 days ago

Nice views and many different bird species to admire. Also nice creek you can walk along

hiking
29 days ago

The ascend was beautiful, shady and calm. Lovely hike for mornings. Park has two free parking lots and you get a spot if you are inside by 10.30am. You will have to walk a mile from the parking lot to reach the trail head.

I took my 4 year old on the Joice-Norred trail - approximately 2 miles long and mostly flat with great views. It is excellent for beginner hikers and kids.

walking
1 month ago

It’s a nice walk along the bay and chance to see where they have tried to restore some of the natural wetlands.

Dogs are NOT allowed, even on leashes, on the nicest part of the walk. The portion of the walk starting from the boardwalk, out to the levy and along the water, according to the signage is a no dogs allowed area.

We of course broke the rules.

1 month ago

A great walk on a warm day, lots of shade and plenty to see

Love this trail. Views of Almaden Valley are breathtaking. Is challenging without being overwhelming.

hiking
1 month ago

Good loop trail for those seeking a bit of exercise or for hikers looking to get tuned up after winter. Outside of the first mile it's an easy stroll although in the middle of summer you probably want to start early as it get's unbearably hot mid-day.

People complaining about to this park, just a bunch of whiners. There's no resaon to post review as a 3 *** or 2 park. This is an AMAZING place to hang around with family and friends. Live to the fullest people!

Pleasant shady hike. Nice to be by the creek and then get some elevation after the switchbacks and see a great view of San Jose.

Hiked most of this trail mid May, great hike, didn’t run into too many other people. Take water, there is little to no shade and it gets hot.
When we returned to our car, our windows had been smashed and our belongings stolen. A woman pulled up and said this happened to her at another nearby trail a month or two prior.
I would love to hike this trail again, but can’t risk my car being broken into again.. hiker beware! Do not leave anything in your car!

My favorite trail, been doing this trail 2x a week for over a year and periodically for over 10 years. It’s moderately challenging, has a very steep hill at the beginning, it’s a killer for first timers. This is the hardest part of the hike. It takes about 1 1/2 hours at a moderate pace. We usually do this loop between an hour and hour and 1/2 depending if we feel like running.

It’s is also very sunny and hot on this hill in the summer. The trail is mostly sunny with a few tree canopies that provide much needed shade. There are a few path variations on the trail to make the hike shorter or longer.

Beautiful flowers in the spring. A lot of wildlife in the evenings near dusk. I have seen a bobcat 2x, mountain lion, a boar, scorpion, many, many deer and wild turkeys. During the day, few wildlife sightings.

Very nice hike! It was really hot so it was a bit challenging but worth it. There are trees here and there letting you breath in the shadow. We saw birds, butterflies and a vulture.

It’s a nice trail especially If you are not used to do a lot. It’s considered as moderate but l would say it’s an easy to light moderate trail. Great for families with kids who want to do more than just a walk. Nice view on the valley, 75% of the trail is under the trees canopy. You will love it during summertime .

Beatiful

I was a little underwhelmed by this trail. It’s really long and flat. The scenery is fairly consistent. I dunno, just felt a bit boring.

hiking
2 months ago

HACIENDA TRAIL is great- Just difficult enough but mainly a good hike! Combination of sunny and shade! Did get warned about a rattle snake sighting but just keep eyes and ears open.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of pretty wild flowers right now. Hiking is along a dirt road. Lots of branching paths make choosing different lengths easy.

Good for hiking

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