Explore the most popular lake 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
14 hours ago

There are mountain lions here! We were able to take our dog on a leash and did about 4 hours of hiking into different tails. We did notice however that there weren’t many people on the trails which is how we saw the mountain lion taking a nap on the trail. When there’s less foot traffic it can be dangerous. Overall it’s decently covered with trees and the weather can be warm.

Easy hike, rolling hills, but nothing hard. Dog allowed on a leash.

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely stunning views! Some of the trail is shaded but some isnt so dont forget sunscreen!

Great hike or a train for running. Bring more water than you think is necessary as it’s 75% open, especially if you’re doing it on the hot day like we did. Otherwise great views and really good wide path most of the way. Great for kids too and there are benches to rest at peaks.

trail running
21 days ago

Decent trail. Many paved miles for biking and jogging.

hiking
22 days ago

Don't come here, don't waste your time :( people ruin everything, the ugliest !

road biking
26 days ago

I really like this trail. I went today and make 30.4miles round trip. At the beginning is a little busy with kids, dogs and some people don’t follow the stay at the right rule, but once I got further is was less crowded. Overall was a nice trail. Love it

walking
26 days ago

take the southern Loop first thing in the morning when you set out, and your return trip will be on the north side of the Hill and in the shade.

This is not a moderate trail, it was actually considerably easier than many "easy" trails I"ve done. Also the second half of the trail is on a sidewalk beside a road and next to commercial buildings of a tech park. That section was also deserted so I felt pretty unsafe as a solo female walker

I never used to hike before after coming here I'm addicted! If you like nature up close and personal this is it.

walking
1 month ago

A pretty easy walk around the lake and the Raging Waters parking lot. I took a few detours then made my way back to the designated trail. I only walked the loop once instead of 3 times like in the suggested trail.

good hiking trail for the beginners.

Good for kids and pets. Went when the sun was going down so sunset was a bonus on the lake

walking
2 months ago

A very sunny, easy walk around the lake. Need sunscreen on a hot day for sure!

hiking
2 months 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

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.

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.

nature trips
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 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
4 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.

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

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