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.

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.

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.

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.

Just did this trail for the first time, I really enjoyed it. Very moderate in intensity leaning on the easy side. Beautiful views of The Valley, very few people on the trail and very easy to get lost. There are many path options. I used the alltrails map with subscription and still made a couple of wrong turns and had to backtrack.

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.

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

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.

3 months 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
3 months ago

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

Good

trail running
5 months ago

Good trail for the dogs

hiking
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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

6 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
6 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.

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