Best Easy Day Hikes: San Jose
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
© Tracy Salcedo-Chourre/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Please note that there are TWO parking areas to choose from. As mentioned in the guide, this hike description begins at the lot near the restrooms. There is another parking area about 1/4 mi to the south, which is where I started. That lead to a little confusion as I approached the water tower appearing on my right and not the left as described in the hike description. The map provided in the guide is also a little off as it does not indicate all of the side trails and junctions you'll encounter.
If you want to do this hike as described, keep an eye out for the junction of the Upper Wildcat Canyon Trail and the Wildcat Loop Trail. If you miss it, you'll continue up the canyon all the way until it makes a sharp U-turn heading up to the Vista Point.
Actually, I recommend doing this to make it a longer hike. In all, you'll complete about 6 miles before you reach the parking area again.
It is strongly advised that you pick up a trail map at the trailhead to better find your way around.
Once you reach Deer Hollow Farm, the trail flattens out completely and you'll be sharing the road with a lot more bikes, strollers and will cross the adjacent roadway.
That being said, I really liked this trail and its proximity to Cupertino and environs. The view from Vista Point is NOT to be missed. On a clear day you'll see south SF Bay, the entire city of San Jose and beyond. Along the way I did spot a rattler, deer and some wild turkeys. Only downside is that it is a well loved and used area. Go during the week for thinner crowds.
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