Explore the most popular forest 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
6 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
6 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.

1 month ago

Nice hike spot with ample parking.

Moderate trail best visited during spring when grass in green and wild flowers are in full blossom. We parked near mineral springs area parking lot, pretty much at the end of road. This is paid parking. Once there, we crossed the bridge to get to mineral spring picinc area (towards left) and continued walking past several more picnic areas towards left. The Penetencia trail continues along the Penetencia creek on the left and at one point converts into South rim trail. This is a beautiful, shaded section almost flat until we reach switchbacks which are quite gradual. Once at the top, there are wide open views of the valley and the mountain across which has north rim trail. Until this point, the trail is almost completely shaded. We continued to walk along South rim trail until we reached a fork. We took the path towards right as they go down back. These are Sycamore switchbacks which directly overlook the parking lot and mineral springs area below. The switchbacks are fully exposed to sun with almost no shade. We felt we would have worked our muscles bit harder coming up from here instead. Once down, we just turned left to go back to the parking lot past mineral springs picnic area. We loved this area more since the the mountains were lush green with yellow wild flowers everywhere.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Good

trail running
3 months ago

Good trail for the dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and lovely wildlife.
That said, be careful what path you choose. I read the description on this site and thought there was only a loop trail here.l and about 5 miles. Now I don’t know if the mine hill trail is a loop because we had to turn around after a little over a 1.5 hours. Total walk was just over 3 hours and 7 miles. We turned around because it was the sun was setting. Getting back was not that difficult since luckily most of it was down hill and even in the dark, it was not difficult. I will definitely be back, I will just do a little research on what trails are there before I go hiking again (which I should have done anyway, but I was just anxious to go hike somewhere beautiful)

hiking
4 months ago

Love the historical aspect of Almaden Quicksilver County Park! Very interesting past as a mercury mining operation with structures, mining equipment and mine tailings to view on your hike. We started from the trailhead at New Almaden and it was a little steep going up for about a mile after you leave the parking lot. There was fog when we first arrived and it's a very heavily trafficked park but I definitely want to go back and explore more of the trails. I was pleasantly suprised with this "city" park.

hiking
4 months ago

A fine view or two, but this one leans heavily on the "family friendly" side; tons of traffic, paved and flat. Would make for a quality & safe trail run, but I like a little more adventure than this.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail.

Was a great trail to take our daughter. Nice little hills and a good hike to the river.

on Quicksilver Trail

4 months ago

Great trail with plenty of shade. Just watch out for parking for it is very limited since it’s in a neighborhood.

Great place for a fast walk. Very birdy, fun for kids.

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy to get to from San Jose. Lots of residential street parking at trail head. Easier end of moderate, with a good mix of uphill and down hill. Busy trail, but not too crowded for Bay Area. View is OK, with a river and a reservoir/lake along the way. Watch out for both dog and human feces.

4 months ago

Great trail. It took me 2 hours to complete. There is a porta potty at the trailhead. The south bay can get really hot so I like this trail for the spring/winter or early morning in the summers. It's nicely shaded for about half the route.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail!

5 months ago

It was great trail. We arrived there on 4:15pm and we finished the loop around 6:00pm. We were excited when we walk half way, but later when the sun set, we scared. we saw un identified wild animal crossed our road ahead, and the rest 30min became so scary since there is no light...it was dark. Guys do not start walking late afternoon to finish the loop to avoid walking at night.

My favorite trail near San Jose. 10 mind uphill, then 40 mins of flat/up/down alternating, then 10 mins down again. Good balance of sun (about 1/3) and shade (about 2/3). Several trail route variations. Dog friendly.

on Quicksilver Trail

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Please remember this park will be close half hour before sunset. Make sure drive your car out of the park.

Awesome trails with beautiful views and wildlife. Good workout.

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