Alum Rock Park

California, United States
 (5 votes, 5 reviews)
Alum Rock Park is located in a canyon in the Diablo Range foothills on the east side of San Jose. The park offers 13 miles (21 km) of trails, varying from fairly level along Penitencia Creek to sharp switchbacks climbing to the ridges to the South Rim Trail and the North Rim Trail. The narrow floor of the canyon includes a visitor center, picnic areas, a playground, and sand volleyball pits.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
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Alum Rock Exploration
Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers ancient rocks & new geologic changes.
Moderate
4.0 mi/
6.4 km
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
4.7 mile trail in Alum Rock Park, California
Moderate
4.7 mi/
7.6 km
North Rim Trail to Boccardo Trail at Alum Rock Park
Hike to the backcountry just beyond the popular park on southeast edge of Silicon Valley.
Moderate
8.1 mi/
13.0 km
Guides
Alum Rock Exploration
Alum Rock Exploration
San Jose, California, United States
 
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.
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
Pigeon Gap Trail - Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 4.7 miles, 1-3 hours
4.7 mile trail in Alum Rock Park, California
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
Moderate: 8.1 miles, Half day
Hike to the backcountry just beyond the popular park on southeast edge of Silicon Valley.
Community Trips
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Alum Rock Park
by sea2sky on Mar 22, 2009
San Jose, California, United States
10.5 miles
 WHEN : March 21, 2009 WHERE:  Alum Rock Park DIRECTIONS: From 680 take Mckee Road east, turn left on White Road and then right on Penitencia Creek Road. Take this road all the way into the park and park in the FIRST PARKING LOT at the entrance.   http://www.sjparks.org/Parks/RegionalParks/arp/index.asp TRAILS: North Rim Trail > Detour to Eagle Rock > Back to North Rim Trail > Todd Quick Trail > Boccardo Loop > Weather Loop > Back to...
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Alum Rock Park: Pigeon Gap Trail - South Rim
by billwscott on Jul 26, 2009
san jose, California, United States
4.7 miles
This is an occassional early morning hike for me. About 4.5 mile round trip. Can be done easily in less than 1.5 hours. I live just 10 minutes or so from the park. I drive up to Pigeon Gap Trail and take the trailhead down. 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...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Alum Rock Park
by antonyw on Oct 01, 2009
East Foothills, California, United States
8.2 miles
I'm maxed out on vacation so had to take a few days off.  Time for a nice hike with my buddy Dave.  We parked in the first parking lot and soon found plenty of BART trail markers, in fact the whole trail is very well marked so it is easy to follow.  We decided to do the whole boccardo loop with the SE portion of the loop not being part of the official...
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Boccardo!
by sammydee on Sep 05, 2010
San Jose, California, United States
5.9 miles
The Boccardo Trail is adjacent to Alum Rock Park, but not part of it.  The land just North of Alum Rock is owned by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, who put in the Boccardo Trail in 2007.  You access it from the Todd Quick Trail in Alum Rock - and you access THAT from the parking at the bottom of the canyon.  :)Boccardo is steep and exposed.  It was in...
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Alum Rock BART hike
by croyle on Oct 01, 2009
East Foothills, California, United States
8.1 miles
A nice afternoon hike in Alum Rock with Bullit. Lots of uphill once you get started, then downhill pretty steeply after you reach the top. We thought it was a little odd that the very short spur trail at the peak wasn't part of the BART.
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Boccardo Open Space Wildflower Hike
by JoergDHS on Apr 03, 2012
San Jose, California, United States
5.8 miles
This was a brief mid-week hike from Eagle Rock Parking Lot in Alum Rock Park to take wildflower photos in Boccardo Open Space.
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Alum Rock Park, San Jose, CA
by HikeNBike on May 29, 2007
East Foothills, California, United States
4.1 miles
Alum Rock Park in San Jose is the oldest municipal park in California. It has many mineral rich springs.
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Alum Rock North Rim
by Frogwire on Dec 07, 2008
East Foothills, California, United States
4.0 miles
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Alum Rock - Exercise Ride
by SlinkySam on Apr 29, 2009
East Foothills, California, United States
9.2 miles
This was a mid week exercise bike ride with Mike, Pat, and myself.  Lots of uphill.... quick slippery down hill.
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Alum Rock park hike
by kayvjay on May 01, 2010
East Foothills, California, United States
8.0 miles

Reviews
Nylonsandwichbelts
very unique place awesome weather
Visited on May 06, 2012

by Nylonsandwichbelts on Mar 27, 2014
Nyloncoretransmissionbelting
Alum Rock Park is good
Visited on Apr 05, 2011

by Nyloncoretransmissionbelting on Mar 27, 2014
multigymequip
i simply would love to travel once more
Visited on May 07, 2009

by multigymequip on May 20, 2014
gymequipment
alum rock park is amazing safari
Visited on May 07, 2008

by gymequipment on May 20, 2014
fitnessequipments
the withstand at this site is superb
Visited on May 05, 2008

by fitnessequipments on May 20, 2014

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