Explore the most popular Wildlife 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

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!

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.

hiking
9 days ago

It has some shades. Nice hikes

Me and my 2 years old son love this trails. We’ll be back.

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

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

nice clean easy trail

First time went here, it was extremely windy so couldn’t finish the loop. Second time it got warmer but was pleasant enough to hike. Got to see lot of wild birds and two deers who were smart enough to sneak under barb wires to go across the hill. It starts with steep downhill so can impact your knees so I guess I would start this from Alum rock Park next time. No toilets if you start from the Sierra road parking lot.

most of the trail is too narrow. my dog picked up at least 10 ticks in 3 hours there. other than that a good workout. not crowded and friendly people.

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

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

as of feb 1st you cant complete the loop - rocky ridge trail is closed for the season due to "serpentine activity".

Refreshing green in January

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.

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

it's a lot of rocks so be careful. also to start off to the left to have the the hard work first then the second half is mostly downhill with less rocks.

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

hiking
bugs
26 days ago

Pretty, but not spectacular. I would recommend this hike if you just want to get outdoors for the day with your pup, but I wouldn’t travel too far to take this hike.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

great hill climbs. level in many places. beautiful and private. yet youre not alone!

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