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Alum Rock Park, San Jose

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#6 of 20 in Parks in San Jose
Alum Rock Park, founded in 1872, was the first municipal park in the U.S. state of California. Located in a valley in the Diablo Range foothills on the east side of San Jose, the 720 acre (2.9 km2) 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 valley includes a visitor center, a small museum/animal rehab facility, picnic areas, playgrounds, lawns, sand volleyball pits, mineral springs, lush plant life, woodlands, creek play opportunities, and occasional group camping.The ridge trails offer views of Santa Clara Valley and of the valley in which the park is located. Some trails in the park are a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail; the Todd Quick trail connects with the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority's 1,600-acre Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve.Equestrians and mountain bikers have access to some of the park's trails, while others are reserved for hikers only. Cross-country teams from high schools around North San Jose, such as James Lick High School and Independence High, use the park for training and for meets.
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  • I love Alum Rock. There are some long hikes, long short hikes. My favorite area is the grass field where you can have picnic among the trees and watch the squirrels. Great place to take kids too! The ...  more »
  • Alum Rock Park is a great hiking location with lots of trails for different levels of difficulty. I haven't been up since the fire happened.  more »
  • Alum rock park has a lot of history. There are sulfur mine examples everywhere. The Park has a small bird sancutary that is open most days . Lots of picnic grounds and an active stream that runs throu...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with great trails ( both easy ones and some that are more challenging but nothing too strenuous), a lovely river that runs through, and lots of wildlife. Also a great place to picnic and barbecue. It is a popular place for birthday parties and gatherings as well, but if you are looking for solitude and quiet just take one of the upper trails and you likely won't see too many people along your hike.
  • Quite park with good variety of trails and picnic spots. There are a couple of moderate and easy hikes. You get three free parking lots and if they are full you also have the option to go for a paid parking lot. Good visit in the months of Mar - Apr for some awesome sights of lush greenery, birds and wildlife. (the wildlife - saw some cute deers grazing around the park!)
  • Nice hiking trails with elevation and flat ground as well. Went there with family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed. Nice Cool breeze with sunny weather. We saw couple of deers too munching fearlessly on grass. Don't forget to take your water bottles as there's no place to refill. Trails are mostly open with some portion shaded but you'll enjoy it every bit.
  • I love this park it's very beautiful and clean it's huge and the weather is good flowers are everywhere. spring time is the best time to visit the park it has facilities for families and friends and large groups for party or wedding . the air is very clean so it's good for exercising ,relaxing or hiking walking. there is a nice stream that meanders the main trails of the park.
  • Very beautiful peaceful trail for hiking/biking. Have a couple of water bottles as there are no stores inside or I didnt see any. There are two free parking lots. The rest of them are 10$ fee.
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