Alum Rock Park

San Jose, California 95121

Alum Rock Park

Alum Rock Park Professional Review and Guide

"Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872, and at one time had an indoor swimming pool, mineral baths, a tea garden, restaurant, and dance pavilion, all served by a railroad from San Jose. The dance pavilion is long gone, but the mineral springs are still here, and the railroad bed provides a footpath along the stream. There are picnic areas, lawns, and a visitor center. On weekends the park can be jammed, but during the week it is a pleasant, uncrowded place."

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"Hike up the north side of the canyon to Eagle Rock for an overlook of the park and the Santa Clara Valley. Return along the Creek Trail on the route of the old Alum Rock Steam Railroad."

"An easy, shady hike for the dry season on the Woodland and Creek trails features the interpretive overlook that explains the park’s geologic origins."

"From the cool shade of the Penitencia Creek Trail climb through oak woodlands to the chaparral-lined south rim of the canyon and make an easy descent to the lawns and picnic areas near the Visitor Center."

"Starting along the Penitencia Creek Trail, this trip climbs through an oak forest on the Woodland Trail and circles back on the open hillsides of the north canyon wall."

"A canyon and a creek where remnants of Victorian spa days linger"

"Climb to a secluded valley surmounted by a high, rounded hill on the east side of the Santa Clara Valley for a bird’s-eye view of nearby San Jose that expands to include all the South Bay and the Peninsula. The trail winds up a southwest-facing, grassy hillside, gaining about 1000 feet in elevation. This round-trip is best done with an early start on cool spring days or midday in winter when skies are clear after rains."

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Trail Information

San Jose
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best October through May.
Best Times
Alum Rock Park.
Local Contacts
DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Local Maps
Resident—Golden Eagle; Acorn and Nuttall’s Woodpeckers; Steller’s Jay; Oak Titmouse; Canyon Wren; Wrentit; California Thrasher; Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher; Western Kingbird; Cassin’s Vireo; Black-headed Grosbeak; Bullock’s and Hooded Orioles. Winter—American Dipper
Specialty Birds

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Oct 2018