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Alum Rock Regional Park

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.  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).

Requirements

No dogs are allowed in the park.  No smoking. 

Operating Hours

8 am to one half hour after sunset.  Park is closed on Mondays.

Fees

There is a $6 fee for parking within the park beyond Eagle Rock parking lot - there is a discount for seniors.

Disabled Access

Handicap parking spots are offered in all the lots.

Map

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Address

15350 Penitencia Creek Road

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Contact Info

Phone: 408-259-5477

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If you park in the lot just before the kiosk you can follow the trail across the street to Eagle Rock with a view of San Jose. This is a relatively short (less than 1 hour) hike, half flat and half hill (800 feet), mainly in the sun. If you have the stamina take the Todd Quick Trail into the open space preserve to climb the 1900 foot peak. This is a two hour hike.
7/4/2011 08:14 PM