BicycleTrails in South Bay

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Almaden Quicksilver County Park (San Jose)

The park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities with remnants of mining structures throughout the park. The park covers a total of 4,152 acres with over 10 miles of bike trails.  Wildflowers are abundant in the park in early spring. There is drinkable water at the Hacienda and Mockingbird Hill entrances.

Alum Rock Regional Park (San Jose)

This is one of the oldest city of San Jose parks and hosts covers 13 miles of trails open to hikers including six miles of horse trails and three miles of dirt bicycle trails.  Horseback riding and bicycling are only on designated trails. There is bicycling on the paved roads that go through the park and on designated dirt trails.  The park is located within Alum Rock Canyon and covers both shaded trails and trails more open to the sun.  Plant and animal life include holly leaf cherry tree, sagebrush, sycamore, maple, white alder, red willow, different types of oak trees, Madrone, California buckeye, toyon, wild rose, sticky monkey flower, wild blackberries, black tailed deer, brush rabbits, quail, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, Stellar jays and bobcats.  There is water and restrooms throughout the park including trail entrances (but not along the trails).

Alviso Marina County Park (Alviso)

This bayside park is 18.9 acres and is part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  The trails are available to hikers and mountain bikers.

Anderson Lake County Park (Morgan Hill)

This 3,144 acre park is home to Santa Clara County's largest reservoir. The park has a multiple use relatively flat paved trail that follows Coyote Creek north for fifteen miles to Coyote Hellyer County Park. This trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, skaters and equestrians.

Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto)

Arastradero Preserve has 10 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding in rolling hills of savanna grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest.  The trails are fairly wide.  Elevation spans from 275 feet to 775 feet. There is plenty of wildlife including deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many varieties of birds.

Baylands Preserve (Palo Alto)

The park encompasses 1,940 acres that are the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. There are 15 miles of paved and dirt hiking and biking trails that access both salt and fresh water habitats.

Calero County Park (San Jose)

This is a 3,493 acre park hosting California oak woodland, chapparal and riparian plant life and wildlife as well as a reservoir. There are 18.6 miles of trails that are available to bicycles, hikers and equestrians with elevation changes from 500 to 1500 feet. There are restrooms.

Coyote Creek Parkway (San Jose)

There is a paved multi-use trail moves along Coyote Creek for 15 miles. It is used by hikers, bicyclists and rollerbladers.

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park (Gilroy)

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park is a 4,595-acre park with a 635-acre lake. It has 22 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, horses and bicycles.  The Bear and Mendoza Ranch sections of the park have over 15 miles of trails that pass through oak studded canyons, grassy ridgelines, and views of Santa Clara Valley. There are restrooms available.

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve (Morgan Hill)

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve is located at the western edge of the Coyote Valley, which provides a greenbelt between San Jose and Morgan Hill. There is a four-mile loop multi-use trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.  The Arrowhead Loop Trail leads to a ridgetop with views of Mount Hamilton, Mount Umunhum, and the entire Coyote Valley. There are picnic tables at the north end of the ridge. The preserve includes a paved parking lot, ADA accessible restroom, picnic tables near the parking lot, and space for horse trailers.

Deer Hollow Farm (Cupertino)

Deer Hollow Farm is an educational farm located in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.  There is a one mile paved trail leading to the farm that is flat, partly exposed with some shaded areas.   In the Spring and Summer, there are farm tours where baby farm animals can be seen.  There is also a nature center and vegetable and herb garden.

Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (San Jose)

The Wildlife refuge hosts over 280 species of shorebirds and waterfowl as well as other wildlife.  It covers 30,000 acres and a variety of habitats including open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool.  There many miles of wide, flat dirt trails throughout the refuge that are open to bicycles and pedestrians. There is a visitor center with educational exhibits.

Ed Levin County Park (Milpitas)

This 1,541 acre park is a great place for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, picnicking and hang gliding. It has a 19 mile trail system that is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail alignment.

El Sereno Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos)

This preserve is over 1400 acres with over seven miles of dirt trails that are open to hikers, bicycles and horses.  The land is primarily chaparral with some wooded areas near the creeks.  Wildlife includes deer, coyote, and brush rabbits.

Fremont Older Open Space (Cupertino)

This preserve is over 730 acres with over 14 miles of dirt trails that are open to hikers, bicycles and horses and dogs that must be on leash. At the top of the trails, there are views of the Santa Clara Valley.

Fremont Older Open Space Preserve (Saratoga)

This preserve is over 730 acres with over 14 miles of dirt trails that are open to hikers, bicycles and horses.  At the top of the trails, there are views of the Santa Clara Valley.  There is a dirt parking for about 15 cars. Park as far as you can from the golf course fence.

Henry Coe State Park (Morgan Hill)

Henry W. Coe is the largest state park in northern California, with more than 80,000 acres of open space with scenic hills and mountain ridges in the Diablo Mountain Range. The terrain is rugged, and varied, making the park ideal for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park has three entrances - the main entrance that has a visitor center, Hunting Hollow in Gilroy and Dowdy Ranch entrance in Hollister.

Joseph D. Grant County Park (San Jose)

Joseph D. Grant County Park, is a  9,560 acre park with 52 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians. Mountain bikes are permitted on about half of the park's trails as designated. The trails cover the east foothills of the Santa Clara Valley with grasslands and oak trees.  There are multiple restroom facilities.

Los Gatos Creek Trail (San Jose)

The Los Gatos Creek Trail is shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters and non-motorized scooters.

Los Gatos Creek Trail (Campbell)

The Los Gatos Creek Trail is shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters and non-motorized scooters.

Los Gatos Creek Trail (Los Gatos)

The Los Gatos Creek Trail is shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters and non-motorized scooters.

Martial Cottle County Park (San Jose)

Martial Cottle Park has been agricultural land since 1864 and represents Santa Clara Valleys agricultural heritage and how the tradition of farming and sharing food continues to shape our landscape, people and history. There is about four miles of paved, flat trails open to pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, non-motorized scooters, equestrians, dogs on a 6-foot leash and roller bladers.

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (Los Altos)

This is an approximately 3,100 acre preserve that has a rich diversity of wildlife and plant life.  There are about 15 miles of multi-use dirt trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians that cover shady and exposed areas and views of Santa Clara Valley and over to the Mt. Hamilton range.  Parking is available for 45 cars. Additional parking is available at the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve parking area, located directly across Page Mill Road.  Restrooms are available but no drinking water.

Mt Umunhum Open Space Preserve (San Jose)

Mount Umunhum is one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz mountain range at 3,486 feet.  From its summit, visitors can experience 360-degree views from the Pacific to the Sierra Nevada.  There is a 3.7-mile gradual uphill (1100 foot climb, 7.4 miles roundtrip) to the summit from the lower parking lot. The trail has views along the way and some shade from the tree canopy. There are exhibits at the summit shelter and viewpoint around the historic radar tower and below. There are restrooms at the summit. There is no drinking water so please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Penitencia Creek County Park (San Jose)

Penitencia Creek County Park is a 78 acre park with a four-mile trail that follows Penitencia Creek The trails are used by hikers, bikers and equestrians. There are multiple restrooms along the trail.

Rancho Canada Del Oro Open Space Preserve (Morgan Hill)

This is a 3900 acre preserve that has over 8 miles of multi-use trails with spectacular views of the Diablo Range and Mt. Hamilton.  The trails cover native grasslands, live and valley oak woodlands, sage-chaparral scrub, and creekside habitats. There is no potable water for human consumption.

Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space (Cupertino)

Bicycles are limited to the flat, paved trails that are shared with pedestrians.  At the north end of the park, there are restrooms and water fountains.  At the south end of the park, there is a water fountain.

Rancho San Vicente County Park (San Jose)

This is park of Calero County Park, and is an additional 996 acres with four main trails including longer routes that connect to Calero Reservoir and beyond for long rides. These are not technical trails.  Most of the trails are exposed to the sun.  There is very little shade on most of the trails so bring lots of water and protect yourself from the sun. Cattle graze in this park. There are restrooms by the parking lot.

Santa Teresa County Park (San Jose)

Santa Teresa County Park offers over 18 miles of unpaved trails for equestrian, hiking and bicycle use. Wildflowers are abundant from March through June on the Stile Ranch and other trails.  At the Bernal Road entrance, there is a restroom facility and drinkable water near the picnic area. The other entrance is at the Fortini trailhead off of McKean Rd.

Shoreline Park (Mountain View)

Shoreline Park is a 750 acres wildlife and recreation area with more than eight miles of paved and dirt trails for bicycles, rollerbladers and pedestrians. The area contains two tidal marshes, two sloughs, two creeks and a seasonal marsh so is perfect for birdwatching.  There are restrooms and drinking fountains near the lake as well as two places to eat snacks or a meal.

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos)

The entire preserve covers 24 miles of trails.  The Mt. Umunhum Area hosts twelve thousand acre areas that are home to abundant wildlife including mountain lions, deer, bobcats, coyotes, and and fauna includes serpentine grasslands, chaparral, bay trees and oak woodland forests. Mt. Umunhum is a 3,486-foot mountain that is not accessible by trails.  Instead, the 6.2-mile Woods Trail that starts at the Jaques Ridge parking area, takes you to the 3,000-foot Mt. El Sombroso.  There are restrooms but no water availability so bring water and sun protection with you.

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve (San Jose)

This is a 1700 acre park containing a diversity of flora including grasslands, oak woodlands and oak savannas. There is only one trail, the three mile, multi-use Boccardo Loop Trail that is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. This trail is a 1100 foot steep climb and can only be reached through Alum Rock Park via the North Rim and then Todd Quick trails or from Sierra Road. There is no potable water available.

St. Josephs Hill Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos)

This preserve is 270 acres and has about four miles of multi-use wide dirt trails for equestrians, hikers and bicyclists. Most trails are exposed and elevation ranges from about 600 to 1200 feet. The top of St Josephs Hill is 1250 feet and offers a panoramic views of Santa Clara Valley, Lexington Reservoir and the Sierra Azul mountain range. There are portable toilets in parking lot.

Stevens Creek County Park (Cupertino)

Stevens Creek County Park is 1,077 acres with a 92 acre reservoir. There are multi-use and hiker only trails that span up to six miles.  This park is one of the most popular birding parks in the Bay Area where over 125 species have been sighted. There are multiple restrooms available in the park.

Sunnyvale Baylands County Park (Sunnyvale)

The park has 105 acres of protected seasonal wetlands with dirt trails along the marshes for hiking. At the east end of the park, the road is closed to vehicles and the road continues for biking and walking.  If you walk far enough, you will see a dirt path that leads to more wetland and many more miles of dirt trails that take you by the bay.  There are many parking lots and restrooms throughout the park. There are two huge pond complexes around Moffett channel that are perfect for birdwatching.

Ulistac Nature Area (Santa Clara)

Ulistac Natural Area is the only dedicated natural open space in the City of Santa Clara.  It's 40 acres showcases seven distinctive natural habitats. Birds are plentiful along Guadalupe River and butterflies enjoy the native wildflowers and other plants. There are no restrooms, drinking water or picnic tables within Ulistac, but they can be found across the street at Lick Mill Park.

Upper Stevens Creek County Park (Los Gatos)

Upper Stevens Creek Park is 1,276 acres of douglas fir and redwoods that provide shaded trails.  Hikers share the 11 miles of trails with mountain bicyclists and horses. The trails can be steep.

Vasona Lake County Park (Los Gatos)

Vasona Park is 150 acres and includes the Viola Anderson Native Plant Trail. The flat paved trail around the lake is used by pedestrians, bicyclists, and roller skaters.  The trail runs for about 14 miles through the Town of Los Gatos, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos Creek County Park, and the cities. There are multiple restroom facilities. 

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