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.

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
9 days 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
9 days 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

Semi challenging hike with some hills, but nothing too intense. Mostly shaded and dog friendly. Will have to park in the residential area, however parking was not too hard to find. Trail signs could have been a little better, but if you follow the crowd you should be good.

The lower parking lot was full, so I opted to drive back down to the neighborhood below. There is an upper parking lot that could work fine for a shorter hike.

The first half of the hike was a bit busy. It winds through little parks where people were having BBQ’s. I’ll probably come back and take advantage of that space, but it’s not like a quiet nature hike.

The second half along the upper rim trail was lovely. Not many people, and it hooked up along a ridge so you got some lovely views, including a view of the San Jose Valley.

I went in May and everything was blooming and beautiful.

Some of the signage could have been more clear. Ended up going a longer route and back tracking once or twice.

The trail map is wrong

Couldn't find the trail head. According to the map, it's on the same road that leads to a garbage dump. Really?!

fantastic!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Start from the Bay, and go South.
8 mile loop, very nice.
Pretty smooth except for crossing under the busy roads.

Take the Penitencia Trail first and hook up to this trail up to Eagle Rock. There are beautiful meadows of mustard flowers carpeting the hills in Spring.

This is a stroller friendly stroll alongside a pretty shaded creek.

For being so close to town, this is a great day hike area. I adored the scene of California poppies sprinkled throughout the rock outcroppings that were painted orange with lichen. There is a nice view of San Jose atop the ridge line. The ridge gets windy, bring a shell or light jacket.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hiking trail with elevation ~ 1,860 feet, one will gain 2,436 feet after complete this hike, 9.35 Miles. Commanding views from Bald Peak top with lot of wild flowers along the trail, and not a busy trail.

1 month ago

Nice hike spot with ample parking.

The Rancho San Vicente area of Calero County Park in San Jose, CA officially opened its trails to the public this week after 5 years of planning and trail building. Spring is the prime time to hike here, as the wildflowers are spectacular. And there are always great views of Mt Umunhum and Calero Reservoir.

It was a very good experience, with two kids a 2yer old and a 3yer old, it was a nice View from the top and the trail itself it’s clean and well-maintained

This is my first time hiking around Morgan Hill and this is totally worth it! We hiked right after the rain so everything was so green. We got to see wild animals along the ways. Please note the best time to go is spring or Fall.

Easy hike, gradually climb up with California Poppy flowers on both sides of the trail. Many other wild flowers and butterflies, mostly expose with decent cool breezes.

Beautiful place. Loved it

amazing views, peaceful hike

hiking
1 month ago

This has become my favorite trail the blaze whether rain, hail or shine

Terrible! Dirty with trash everywhere. Homeless camping everywhere with the associated mess and stench. In spots the trail flips from one side of the river to the other, necessitating crossing of busy streets. This trail should be used as a last resort only.

Good

nature trips
2 months ago

I love the park itself more than this one trail.

on Coyote Creek Trail

road biking
2 months ago

I’ve gone the whole way on this trail a couple of times. But plenty of times just within the San Jose area. The scenery is very nice. Plenty of shady areas to stop and rest that aren’t too far apart from each other. Trail mostly follows along the 101 freeway between Morgan Hill and San Jose. A couple of mildly difficult inclines but otherwise very manageable. Enjoyed many times within San Jose with my family.

Alum Rock park is one of my favorite it's the first park I started exploring on my own great to bring kids & family.It is considered A moderate hike,It offers free parking,water fountains,restrooms& playgrounds for children.Take the trail to eagle rock park where you can overlook San Jose & enjoy the sunset! For those who enjoy mountainbiking alum rock park is A great place to do that too! I always bring A new or returning friend & they love it

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