Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Some of these reviews cannot be referring to this particular loop. I have hiked and run on these trails for more than 20 years and know them well.
It's not long and flat: The first uphill and the one just before the reservoir are moderately challenging climbs.
There is not a lot of shade. A lot of this trail is exposed and can be dry and hot in the summer. It's prettiest in the spring when everything is green and there are wildflowers. And if you go early in the morning or around dusk, you're likely to see some kind of wildlife.

Lake is nice, but very easy and not that big

Made it up to Sierra Vista point, very good hike just make sure to start early if the day will be hot as there's little shade.

Great short hike! Very sunblasted so bring sunscreen. Would not recommend for the middle of the day.

Good workout! Strenuous at places and steep at the end. The abandoned structures are fun to see. Look for antique cars that have fallen off the side of the road.

Great hike, lots of dogs, enough hills to get a decent workout. Surprising with so many dogs on the trail that there is only one trash can at the very beginning of trail.

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
27 days ago

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

Love this trail although closed passed the switchback

Great views of the Valley as you go up. Not too much shade so better to do this when it’s not so hot and not in mid afternoon like me, Oy! Enjoyed it though, heat and all!

hiking
1 month 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.

Short little hike; nothing to write home about. Starts at the end of a golf course and finishes quickly. I prefer the other coyote trail

Great easy trails through a grove of oak trees in the middle of a residential area off Coleman in Almaden. There are a couple hilly trails for uphill hiking. Lots of wildlife and a beautiful forest . It’s fairly small but you can customize your own loops.

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!

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.

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