Looking for a great trail near San Jose, California? AllTrails has 64 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Castle Rock State Park or Big Basin Redwoods State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ed R Levin County Park or Old Mission Park. Ready for some activity? There are 35 moderate trails in San Jose ranging from 2.4 to 18.1 miles and from 160 to 2,979 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Easy access from town and then you feel like you’re far away from the crowds. I loved all the vistas on the trail. You share with other hikers and mountain bikers and everyone was really friendly and on best trail and covid-19 etiquette!

not too busy at 7am on a Friday. clockwise loop so that you go the right direction on one way roads.

Hiked this loop on Tuesday. Started at 0740 and there were already several dozens of vehicles at the TH. I hiked the loop counterclockwise and wished I’d done clockwise due to Prospect Trail and New Almaden trail being single track. It was impossible to maintain a 6’ social distance on single track with poison oak on either side of the trail. Luckily poison oak/ivy doesn’t bother me, but it is quite fertile in this area. I only came across 10 or so people on the dirt four miles of this loop, which was quite easy. The first 4-5 miles is on a fire road with gentle (mostly) climbs. Once turning onto the Prospect Trail it is single track with Poison Oak and what I call tick grass. Ticks were abundant in this area. The turn onto New Almaden was more descending and single track. There were a few felled trees crossing the trail. Overall a nice hike. My mileage came out to 9.3 miles.

Overall great, two main drawbacks for me. 1. Narrow road, hard for 2 people walk side by side 2. Bugs are a bit too much

hiking
no shade
rocky
8 days ago

It is not an easy trail for biking, uphills are killing, even this is a short loop.

Absolutely gorgeous views of the Bay Are and Santa Cruz mountains. Especially wonderful in the spring! Trails are wide and in great condition.

hiking
off trail
over grown
9 days ago

Not great, thought it was gonna be a fun place to take my dog but it’s overrun by the homeless and cluttered with litter. There is also no real path, it’s says 22 miles but I could only find 4, even going off onto random trails. Would not recommend for tourists but if you’re a local and just need a trail it was decent.

Lovely in the springtime. Easy hike to do with young kids. Great views. This loop has much less traffic than the other trail in this preserve, The Ridge Trail

road biking
closed
9 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Easy strolling area. Easily accessible.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail. Perfect length and difficulty for a casual hike while working up a sweat with friends or family. Love the diversity on the trail. Lots of open meadows, views of mountains, as well as secluded heavily forested areas.

hiking
10 days ago

A good number of people out hiking to get safe and to practice suicidal distancing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Heavily trafficked. Great.

hiking
muddy
rocky
12 days ago

Really nice trail with inclines here and there. It’s really good to start out when you want to get into hiking. It’s not too intense because after some slopes it’s a little flat. Good for running and biking! It’s a short hike but then again it’s good to start out!!

Wow I cannot believe this has been practically in my backyard and I never knew it! There’s sweet chickens to greet you, they’ll be your biggest fans =} Such a breathtaking view of the valley, and you don’t even have to hike too far up to begin the beautiful views. Wildflowers litter the pasture and add color to the landscape during spring. On a clear, sunny cloudy day is the best! I enjoyed every moment, and there’s so many variations of the trails you can travel. Sort of rocky for a good chunk of the uphill, definitely an important factor for some hikers.

hiking
12 days ago

Wide trails, with a variety of pleasant views. Good for social distancing, though trail does get narrow for last couple miles.

walking
no shade
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Sketchy times.

Ride to Calero via Santa Teresa. Overcast sky with partial clearing. Trails were clear with patches of kill dirt. Spring is in the air valley oaks cutting leaves, wildflowers are coming up

hiking
closed
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike with a variety of type of trails to choose from. The way up was wide and open while the was down (Mine hill trail?) was more narrow and forresty. Plenty of trails to explore here!

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