Hiking near San Jose, California

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Skyline to the Sea Trail
Skyline to the Sea Trail
Los Gatos, California, United States (13.7 miles away)
 
Difficult: 29 miles, Multiple days
3-day hike showcases best of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Campers flock to the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco; most are content to pitch a tent plucked from the trunk of their car, but hardy hikers prefer roughing it with all they need strapped on their backs. Two of the Bay Area's most popular hiking locales -- Castle Rock and Big Basin Redwoods state parks -- promise one of...
Berry Creek Falls Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Berry Creek Falls Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California, United States (21 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.2 miles, Full day
Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite.

Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you're up for 11 miles and a thousand feet of elevation gain spread out over a half-day, you'll be amazed to see the strain melt away in this land of the giants. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail,...
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States (37 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
A 40-minute audio guide to a panoramic trail encircling one of the Bay Area's highest peaks.

The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's also a a hotspot for wildflowers in the spring. At each of 12 stops in this audio guide, naturalists point out the sights and sounds, tell tales of the mountain's...
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco, California, United States (45 miles away)
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco

This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are several places with steps and some climbing if you decide to take the side trip down to Marshall Beach. The trail is pretty short, which allows for you...
Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands
Mill Valley, California, United States (48 miles away)
 
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area

The Marin Headlands are intoxicating and sobering. The hills north of San Francisco are peppered with relics of America's wars, so in the same afternoon you might see wonderful examples of waves crashing amid grim reminders of nations clashing. The Headlands are a section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. Park Service....
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Mill Valley, California, United States (54 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.

The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists. Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in...
Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose
Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose
San Jose, California, United States (0.9 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Get out of the office and see the Heritage Rose Garden and other downtown San Jose attractions

A paved trail along the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, California, might be just what you need to work off some stress or even ride your bike to work. The Guadalupe River Park starts near the Children's Discovery Museum at the south end of Downtown San Jose and runs northward for 2.5 miles to Interstate 880. It's easily accessible via...
Alum Rock Exploration
Alum Rock Exploration
San Jose, California, United States (7.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers ancient rocks & new geologic changes.

Just a few minutes outside of San Jose, you'll find a place to explore 100 million years of history. Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers both ancient rocks and new geologic changes (and lots of nice trails and wildlife, too). Despite its longevity and proximity to a populous urban area, it remains one of...
North Rim Trail to Boccardo Trail at Alum Rock Park
North Rim Trail to Boccardo Trail at Alum Rock Park
San Jose, California, United States (5.4 miles away)
Moderate: 8.1 miles, Half day
Hike to the backcountry just beyond the popular park on southeast edge of Silicon Valley.

The distance from sprawling, suburban San Jose to wide-open mountain-lion country is remarkably short--if you start out from Alum Rock Park. This track will have you walking in the wilderness in about an hour. It starts at the parking lot of Alum Rock Park on the southeast corner of San Jose, climbs steeply to the hills just beyond the city limits,...
Stile Ranch Trail at Santa Teresa County Park
Stile Ranch Trail at Santa Teresa County Park
San Jose, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.6 miles, 1-3 hours
One of the best wildflower hikes in San Jose, California, is on this twisty trail at the southern edge of the city

Stile Ranch Trail comes up often in any discussion of the best places to see wildflowers in the hills rimming Silicon Valley. The trail zigzags up the southern edge of Santa Teresa County Park, a hilly slice of the south end of San Jose, California. The trail's steep terrain and southern exposure make it a prime habitat for the California poppy,...
Mt Umunhum
Mt Umunhum
San Jose, California, United States (11.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.9 miles, Half day
Woods Rd to Barlow Rd to Mt Umunhum Rd

This 7.9 mile / 1554 ft hike goes to Bald Mountain.The trail head is located at the intersection of Hicks road and Mt Umunhum road. Toilet facilities are available and there are usually maps available for the Sierra Azul Open Space.We started out on Woods road. The wide trail/road is a pleasant easy shaded hike for 2.8 miles. You do see some nice...
Coyote Peak Loop at Santa Teresa County Park
Coyote Peak Loop at Santa Teresa County Park
San Jose, California, United States (10.5 miles away)
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Get a nice workout in on this trail in San Jose's popular Santa Teresa County Park

Coyote Peak is the must-visit point in Santa Teresa County Park in southern San Jose, California. This loop to the peak is a good way to get there: steep enough to provide a good workout and scenic enough to reward your efforts. Coyote Peak looks out over the southern expanse of Silicon Valley, with great views of both the Diablo Range to the east...
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park, California, United States (6.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
4.7 mile trail in Alum Rock Park, California

This hike is about 4.5 mile round trip and can be done easily in less than 1.5 hours. It starts at around 800 ft and drops to 600 in .25 mile. Then it meanders till the start of South Rim Trail. There it climbs about 300 ft in 0.3 miles. There is a nice bench there if you are inclined to stop. Keep going to keep the cardio up. The next 0.8 miles...
Mission Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ed Levin Park
Mission Peak via Bay Area Ridge Trail and Ed Levin Park
Bay Area Ridge Trail, California, United States (8.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 13.5 miles, Full day
Extra-strenuous hike goes to Monument Peak, Mission Peak and back over 14 miles in an excellent spring outing.

Hiking to Monument Peak from Ed Levin County Park, huffing it over to Mission Peak and returning is a true test of mettle for San Francisco Bay Area trekkers. If you're up for it, this is a great way to summit Mission Peak and skip the crowds--and parking hassles--at the popular Stanford Avenue entrance to Mission Peak Regional Preserve. Instead,...
Monument Peak - Ed Levin County Park
Monument Peak - Ed Levin County Park
Ed Levin County Park, California, United States (8.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
4.2 mile trail in Ed Levin County Park, California

Monument Peak is about 4.2 miles long and located near Milpitas, California. This hike is from Sandy Wool Lake in Ed Levin park to Monument Peak summit via the Monument Peak Trail and is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours.
Alviso section of Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Alviso section of Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge
Alviso, California, United States (7.8 miles away)
 
Easy: 7.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy trails and mass migrations make this one of the best birdwatching locales in the San Francisco Bay Area

The ducks, geese, pelicans and egrets are only the most visible among the fascinating array of waterfowl hanging out near the Alviso Environmental Education Center of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The trailhead near Alviso on the southernmost edge of San Francisco Bay does have issues: one is the smell, thanks to an...
Javelina Loop - Calero County Park
Javelina Loop - Calero County Park
San Jose, California, United States (13.5 miles away)
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Get a good workout while nature watching in this 7-mile hike on the southern rim of Silicon Valley

Two small ponds and one large reservoir make this an intriguing route at Calero County Park south of San Jose, California. I recommend the Javelina Loop because it passes Calero's bat enclosure and pauses next to a pond at Fish Camp, where a deck looks out over a serene pond frequented by redwing blackbirds and other avians. Los Cerritos Pond near...
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Exploration
Alviso, California, United States (7.8 miles away)
Easy: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge is a jewel on the San Francisco Bay.

The nation's first urban National Wildlife Refuge is a jewel on the San Francisco Bay. Its 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland, and vernal pool habitats are constantly changing. It's a great place to hike or watch birds. It's also a great place to see up close how a salt pond is turned back into wetlands. Look around...
Perimeter loop hike at Grant County Park
Perimeter loop hike at Grant County Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (9.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 22 miles, Full day
This beefy 22-mile trek hits all the high points of the park in the hills east of San Jose

Tenderfoots need not attempt: This loop hike across parallel ridges of Joseph D. Grant County Park offers sweeping views of the wild, mountainous terrain nearby and occasionally looks out over the southern end of Silicon Valley to the west. And if 22 miles seems daunting, bear in mind the the most practical place to park for this hike -- next at...
Mining Sites at Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Mining Sites at Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
 
Difficult: 6.9 miles, Half day
Remnants of San Jose's mercury mining history lie in the hills of Almaden Quicksilver Park.

This hike from Almaden Quicksilver County Park in southern San Jose tours the rusting remains of what once was one of the largest mercury-mining operations in the world. The Mine Hill region of the park includes English Camp, San Cristobal mine, a short section of mineshaft and the hulk of a large processing plant. Starting from the park's Mockingbird...
Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails at Grant County Park
Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails at Grant County Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (9.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.7 miles, Half day
A great loop hike for wildlife and wildflower scouting at the park in the hills east of San Jose.

This hike gives a nice overview of Joseph D. Grant County Park, passing through its distinctive oak-woodland ecosystem but sparing you from the brutal ascents and descents that characterize so many of the hikes in this park. Grant County Park (often called "Grant Ranch" because the land was once owned by prominent ranchers of the same name) does...
Wildcat Canyon Loop at Rancho San Antonio
Wildcat Canyon Loop at Rancho San Antonio
Rancho San Antonio County Park, California, United States (10.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.3 miles, Half day
Escape the crowds and take in the sights on this loop at the popular park west of Cupertino.

This route at Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Reserve ventures beyond the popular sections of the park to offer a diverse introduction to the terrain on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rancho, as the locals call it, draws big crowds with its abundance of flat trails and attractions at Deer Park Farm, but few visitors...
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Fremont, California, United States (11.4 miles away)
 
Difficult: 6.0 miles, Half day
See San Francisco Bay from high atop Mission Peak in Fremont, CA, USA. Strenuous 6-mile loop hike

Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Diablo Range once you reach the summit. Most hikers are content to take the so-called Hidden Valley Trail (which is neither hidden nor in a valley) to the summit, but there is a far more...
Seven Springs Trail
Seven Springs Trail
Cupertino, California, United States (9.6 miles away)
2.6 mile trail near Cupertino, California

Seven Springs Trail is about 2.6 miles long and located near Cupertino, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The trail-head starts at end of Prospect Road and there is plenty of shaded parking spaces.  This route follows the seven springs trail up and the woodhills loop trail down to rance road and back to the...
Yerba Buena to Halls Valley Trail Loop at Joseph D. Grant Park
Yerba Buena to Halls Valley Trail Loop at Joseph D. Grant Park
Joseph D. Grant County Park, California, United States (9.9 miles away)
Moderate: 6.8 miles, Half day
One of the best hikes in the county park in the hills east of San Jose, California

This is one of my favorite loops in Joseph D. Grant County Park in the hills east of San Jose. It starts at Halls Valley Lake and climbs steeply into the nearby hills along the Yerba Buena Trail (with a highly recommended side trip to McCreery Lake). It turns at the Canada De Pala Trail and returns on the Halls Valley Trail. Along the way you'll...
Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio
Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio
Rancho San Antonio County Park, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
 
Easy hike to a barnyard full of cows, chickens and other critters is a favorite spot at the park west of Mountain View

An easy walk to a working farm makes Deer Hollow a prized family outing in the South Bay. Cows moo, hens cackle, roosters crow -- all on a farm maintained by the city of Mountain View. The farm also features sheep, pigs, gardens, farm implements and a chance to look into the bedroom window of a 19th century farmhouse. Kid-centric events are staged...
Mockingbird Loop - Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Mockingbird Loop - Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
3.7 mile trail around Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Quicksilver Mockingbird Loop - Hacienda - Randol - New Almaden is about 3.7 miles long and located near English Town, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The upper part of the the Day Tunnel trail is washed out with lots of exposed rock, but it's passable. Once back on the New Almaden trail, the vegetation becomes...
Tony Look Trail at Stevens Creek Park
Tony Look Trail at Stevens Creek Park
Cupertino, California, United States (10.6 miles away)
Moderate: 1.4 miles, 1 hour or less
Hiking above the reservoir at Stevens Creek Park

The Tony Look trail starts just upstream of the Stevens Creek Reservoir and continues downstream as it climbs the adjoining bluffs. It starts in a heavily forested area but opens up to chaparral and grassy hillside with increasing elevation. I've marked the trail as Moderation, but the climbing is not to difficult and the views are very nice. On...
Limekiln Trail to Priest Rock and Kennedy Trail
Limekiln Trail to Priest Rock and Kennedy Trail
Lexington (historical), California, United States (10.7 miles away)
Difficult: 6.4 miles, Half day
One of the best scenic workouts in the Sierra Azul OSP around Los Gatos/San Jose!

The Open Space Preserve characterizes Sierra Azul as being rugged with steep terrain in the largest OSP in the San Jose/Los Gatos Area. This particular hike from the Limekiln trail head past the Lexington dam parking lot starts off gradually and continues uphill to the junction of Limekiln with Priest Rock. After the left on Priest Rock the real...
San Andreas-Sanborn Loop at Sanborn Skyline County Park
San Andreas-Sanborn Loop at Sanborn Skyline County Park
Sanborn Skyline County Park, California, United States (11.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.2 miles, Half day
Excellent hike through the redwoods just west of Saratoga and south of San Jose, California

Sanborn Skyline County Park gets pretty busy on many weekends with family reunions, wedding receptions and other assorted gatherings -- if you end up at one and find yourself craving a hike instead of all that company, this is the loop to take. It starts on the San Andreas Trail and takes a vigorous march up the hillside west of the park. The trail...
Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park
Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park
Saratoga, California, United States (11.7 miles away)
 
Difficult: 16.0 miles, Full day
All-day trek takes the best trails at two great parks along Skyline Boulevard southwest of Silicon Valley.

This is a great route for expert hikers -- it starts out in the lush redwoods of Sanborn Skyline County Park southwest of San Jose, climbs to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and crosses over to Castle Rock State Park, where it takes the popular Saratoga Gap Trail and returns to Sanborn Skyline. Note this is very strenuous outing -- 16 miles with...
Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
Sunol Wilderness to Mission Peak
Sunol Regional Wilderness, California, United States (12.7 miles away)
 
Difficult: 10.2 miles, Full day
This back-door route to Mission Peak is a wilder, quieter alternative to more popular trails

This is one of the longest approaches to the Mission Peak summit, and I think it's the best. It starts out at the park headquarters of Sunol Regional Wilderness and follows the Ohlone Wilderness Trail westward to the popular East Bay peak. Stretching the ascent to the peak across five miles, the route climbs through oak woodland on a peaceful, little-used...
Flag Hill Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness
Flag Hill Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness
Fremont, California, United States (12.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.7 miles, 1-3 hours
A short, steep hike up Flag Hill promises grand scenery and offers a great way to introduce your kids to hiking.

Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the best hiking locales in the East Bay hills northeast of Silicon Valley. This Flag Hill Loop is one of the best ways to see Sunol. This loop is relatively short at 3.7 miles, but it's no cakewalk: Flag Hill summit is 1.3 miles and 900 feet above the Sunol headquarters. It's a tough climb, but it's over soon...
Rose Peak Hike From Sunol
Rose Peak Hike From Sunol
Fremont, California, United States (12.3 miles away)
 
Difficult: 17.8 miles, Full day
Peak bag the jewel of Ohlone Wilderness, Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), in one day.

Rose Peak (3,817 ft.), the highest peak in Alameda county, is remotely located in Ohlone Wilderness and can only be accessed by foot for the public. This 18 miles round-trip hike, gaining almost 4,000 feet in elevation change, takes you there and back from Sunol Regioanl Park in one day. The trail is well marked with trail posts along the way. Each...
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
Fremont, California, United States (11.3 miles away)
Temperature, terrain and amenities make the Bay Area one of the world's top destinations for outdoor recreation.

You've been to Alcatraz and done the Golden Gate Bridge, so what's next? Well, if you're into outdoor recreation, you'll have the time of your life in the hills, waterways and forests of the Bay Area. The boom times after the Gold Rush of 1849 created great fortunes and nearly destroyed much of the region's natural wonders, but preservation efforts...
Castle Rock State Park Loop: Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails
Castle Rock State Park Loop: Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails
Saratoga, California, United States (13.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Half day
Great views, challenging hiking in the hills southwest of Silicon Valley.

With lush woods, gorgeous vistas, challenging trails and remarkable stone formations, Castle Rock State Park is a highlight reel for hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find a fascinating mix to trees -- gnarled oaks, towering Douglas firs, bark-shedding madrones -- but the rocks steal the show. Large formations called "tafoni" (which look...
Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge, Rancho San Antonio
Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge, Rancho San Antonio
Los Altos Hills, California, United States (13.4 miles away)
 
Difficult: 9.8 miles, Full day
Great hike from Los Altos Hills, towering 2812' over Silicon Valley.

Towering over Silicon Valley, waaaay back to the rear of Rancho San Antonio, lies 2812' Black Mountain. Starting at the little-known Rhus Ridge parking lot, you can enjoy a healthy workout and a grand panoramic view of Silicon Valley! The unusual snow picture was taken in December 2008. Your hike is much more likely to be sunny and dry! Other...
Ohlone College to Mission Peak
Ohlone College to Mission Peak
Mission Peak Regional Preserve, California, United States (13.2 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.0 miles, Half day
Gradual route is a less-strenuous option for hiking to the top of the popular East Bay peak

Mission Peak gets throngs of hikers but only a few savvy trekkers take this route to the summit -- an eight-mile out-and-back that stretches out the 2,000-foot ascent to the summit (the most-popular route ascends a similar height in a 5.2-mile out-and-back). It starts from the parking lot at Ohlone College along Mission Boulevard in Fremont, California....
Sunol Wilderness
Sunol Wilderness
Fremont, California, United States (12.7 miles away)
 
A great way to see the East Bay hills; nature abounds just minutes from civilization

Sunol Regional Wilderness will make you forget you're just five miles from the nearest Interstate highway. The 6,858-acre park in the East Bay hills north of Silicon Valley has rolling hills, heart-healthy trails, remarkable rocks and abundant wildlife. To go there is to see what this part of California looked like before all the white people showed...
Antler Point from Twin Gates
Antler Point from Twin Gates
Evergreen, California, United States (11.8 miles away)
Moderate: 11.0 miles, Full day
11.0 mile trail near Grant Ranch, California

If you like sweeping vistas, wildflowers, and (ahem) squirrels, this is a hike you should consider. At eleven miles, its relatively lengthy, but starting at Twin Gates eliminates some of the elevation gain and makes it a little easier in that regard. The Canada de Pala trail goes up from the parking lot, past the upper end of the Yerba Buena trail...