Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

An awesome trail with lots of shade, but the map is confusing sometimes

South rim trail closed. Boooo

hiking
2 days ago

Exactly what we were looking for- moderate intensity, easy parking, easy to navigate, beautiful greenery (thanks to the seasons rains) and returned back to the car in two hours. Alltrails led us right to the trailhead where parking in the neighborhood community is easy. Moderate hilly. Packed a lunch but didn’t need it. Would definitely recommend given the convenience and relatability. Also we went between 12:20-2:20 and there was ample shade. At least 40%

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! Challenging in some parts but beautiful scenic views at beginning and middle points. Super green and foggy when we went up. Finished in under 2 hrs.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail!

Great trail for a sunset hike. I would recommend completing this loop in a counter-clockwise direction to avoid a pretty steep climb out.

Started off from Eagle Rock parking to join the Penitencia but got lured by the steep climb towards south rim. Good workout and great conversation with J & M ( fellow hikers). Can’t wait to do another one on Thursday. About the trail- Perfect for a hot summer day as all shaded with great vistas from the top about 300 ft elevation.

I gave this trail one star for one reason. It would be ideal for a road bike ride (which I have done) but is not a good hiking route. Pluses: The views from the top of Hellyer Avenue were great. The walk near the lake was pleasant, with lots of wildlife around, including a great blue heron strolling on the grass. Minuses: It's all pavement and sidewalks. Hellyer is a fairly busy street with drivers rushing to and from the freeway. I had to take a pedestrian unfriendly overpass to return to the park. if I hike this again, I'll do an out-and-back on the bike trail.

hiking
9 days ago

It has some shades. Nice hikes

I consider this an easy trails but for my 2 years old is moderate however we went super slow and it was a fun hike. We got there very early in the morning. The hikers and dogs are nice. Minus one star for the dogs poop on the path ways and some people left the poop in a bag along the side ways. Unacceptable! There is no poop fairy!

“There was too many hills but everything else was good” - 12 year old son

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

nice clean easy trail

Very beautiful trail but you often have to look at your map because the trail is not well indicated. Twice I had to turn back because I was on the wrong trail.

Fairly easy intensity, not clearly marked in some areas, pretty views on the hill, nice mix of shade and sun

hiking
flooded
12 days ago

Nice hike with no wind and sunny sky’s yesterday. Great views of South Bay and hills layered in clouds. Not crowded. Need to share with mountain bikers. Some occasional picnic tables. No mud. No water

Super windy today, but better in the trees. Saw lots of deer and birds, almost nobody else out except a few other mountain bikers. Along the lake is a fun ride, not too much extreme elevation

The trail was awesome to explore. Part of the trail was closed due to “unstable hillside”. I ended up detouring and still ended up where I started... I’m disappointed I didn’t make it to the top, but I will return

hiking
closed
18 days ago

Gorgeous hike 8.7 miles not 8.3

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

mountain biking
22 days ago

Perfect until it rained on me while at the top of rocky!

mountain biking
24 days ago

Great trail to ride. Planning ahead! Extremely limited parking with enforcement!! Weekends when the weather is nice I probably would not bother because of the parking. If you’re riding make sure to go to the left at the fork after the bridge.

This trail is pretty well trafficked and accounts for a good workout. But the only thing you should keep in mind is there is just zero shade all along. Be prepared for that. Plus the trail is green enough only in the colder months.

Moderate shade. The ascent can be tiresome when it is a little muddy. This trail will get the heart pumping a bit faster.

hiking
no shade
25 days ago

This is a great trail to do in the mornings or on a really cool day. It’s definitely not an easy hike. It’s first half is downhill and the uphill the second half. Great workout with beautiful views!! Highly recommend.

hiking
muddy
rocky
25 days ago

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