Welcome to the third installment of our hiking series. If you haven’t checked out part 1 or part 2 be sure to do so! Today we are focusing on hikes in the San Jose area. San Jose is a great place to hike with one of the nation’s largest urban trail networks and over 60 miles of trails that are open to the public. With fall weather quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to be outdoors!
- Quicksilver Trail (San Jose, CA)
This moderate loop is located inside Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The park itself is located on the southern end of San Jose and overlooks Silicon Valley. It also includes 34.2 miles of hiking trails and 23 miles of equestrian trails as well as 10 miles of biking trails. Quicksilver trail is a moderate 4.9 mile loop that features a lake and beautiful wildflowers.
Address: 21785 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120
- Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve (San Jose, CA)
The Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve is made up of 1,696 acres and is located in the foothills east of San Jose. There are multiple trails, all of which have amazing views of the South Bay as well as lots of wildlife. Another thing to note is that all of the trails can be explored via mountain bike.
To check out all of the trail maps and information about directions, hours, etc. click here
Address: 5241 Sierra Rd, San Jose, CA 95132
- Castle Rock State Park (Los Gatos, CA)
Castle Rock State Park is one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This park is perfect for all of those who love the outdoors: hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, even rock climbing. It is also full of some amazing plants including California black oaks, knobcone pines, and high-elevation coast redwoods. The park has 34 miles worth of trails that connect to an extensive trail system. There is an $8 vehicle day-use fee.
For more information click here
Address: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
- Black Mountain Trail via Rhus Ridge (Los Altos, CA)
This 9.2-mile trail is one of the many paths in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. However, this specific one leads to the Black Mountain Summit. The trail also features a ton of beautiful wildflowers.
For more information on the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve click here
Address: Cristo Rey Dr, Los Altos, CA 94024
- Los Gatos Creek Trail (Campbell, CA)
This 11.2 mile trail located in the Los Gatos Creek County Park, extends from downtown San Jose to the hills above Los Gatos Creek. The creek itself is an incredible water resource and does so much more than what is seen by the naked eye. The park has tons of open space for picnics and barbecues as well as play areas for young children. On top of all of this there is also an abundance of redwood trees.
For more information regarding parking, hours, and trail maps click here
Address: 1250 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Pictures from yelp.com