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Alum Rock Park

Enjoy some time outdoors at one of San Jose’s oldest and prettiest public parks. Just a short drive from downtown, its caves, creeks and wildlife make it feel like a far-off wilderness. 

Alum Rock Park takes its name from nearby rock formations once thought to contain aluminum. This proved untrue, but the name stuck and now defines 291 hectares (720 acres) of woodland, walking trails, picnic areas and creeks.

Choose between scenic woodland and creek-side trails or take the longer options into the hillside. The 2.25-mile (3.6-kilometer) North Rim Trail to Eagle Rock is great for anyone who doesn’t mind trading a steep climb for a good view. From the top you can see much of the Bay Area, but bring a hat and sunscreen as there isn’t much shade. For a milder hike, follow the South Rim Trail’s shaded paths where you’ll see native flora and fauna and catch some stunning views of the creek and surrounding area.

For anyone looking for an easy stroll, the Penitencia Creek Trail is pleasant, easy and dotted with benches and lookout points. Other trails lead to mineral springs, through sycamore groves, and across wood and scrubland. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, squirrels, pumas, bobcats, red-tailed hawks and even rattlesnakes.

Kids will love the playground and Youth Science Institute, where they can get up-close to native animals and explore natural history exhibits. Picnickers looking for a good spot to relax will find tables and barbecue pits all over the park. There are restrooms along most trails, and a visitor center is open for further enquiries.

Alum Rock Park is a great way to discover the Bay Area’s natural beauty without going too far from town. It’s a 20-minute drive from downtown San Jose and is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Buses do service the park from downtown San Jose, but the stop is just over 20 minutes’ walk from the park entrance. You have to pay to park, and a good space can be hard to come by when the park gets busy. The park is less crowded early in the week.


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Alum Rock Vista Plus
Alum Rock Vista Plus

Alum Rock Vista Plus

San Jose, CA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in North San Jose, this condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mexican Heritage Plaza and Overfelt Gardens. Lake Cunningham Park and Raging Waters are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Alum Rock Vista Plus
    Alum Rock Vista Plus

    Alum Rock Vista Plus

    136 Spyglass Hill Rd, San Jose, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in North San Jose, this romantic condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mexican Heritage Plaza and Overfelt Gardens. Lake Cunningham Park and Raging Waters are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Luxury Country Living Home in Silicon Valley W/views of the Mountains
      Luxury Country Living Home in Silicon Valley W/views of the Mountains

      Luxury Country Living Home in Silicon Valley W/views of the Mountains

      San Jose, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in North San Jose, this resort is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Mall of the Bay Area and Overfelt Gardens. Jose Maria Alviso Adobe and Mexican Heritage Plaza are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Located in Berryessa Foothill Area With Central Hvac, Pool, and Jacuzzi
        Located in Berryessa Foothill Area With Central Hvac, Pool, and Jacuzzi

        Located in Berryessa Foothill Area With Central Hvac, Pool, and Jacuzzi

        San Jose, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in North San Jose, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Mall of the Bay Area and Jose Maria Alviso Adobe. Silicon Valley University and Lake Cunningham Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Views on a Hill.... $120
          Views on a Hill....

          Views on a Hill....

          San Jose, CA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in North San Jose, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kelley Park and San Jose State University. San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Interactive are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Spacious & Clean Modern Home, 5 Miles From SAP and San Jose Convention Center
            Spacious & Clean Modern Home, 5 Miles From SAP and San Jose Convention Center

            Spacious & Clean Modern Home, 5 Miles From SAP and San Jose Convention Center

            San Jose, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in North San Jose, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Mexican Heritage Plaza and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Alum Rock Park. Lake Cunningham Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. McKee Station is 16 minutes by foot and Alum Rock Station is 28 minutes.

              Cozy Master Bedroom in North San Jose
              Cozy Master Bedroom in North San Jose

              Cozy Master Bedroom in North San Jose

              San Jose, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in North San Jose, this vacation home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Alum Rock Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Great Mall of the Bay Area and San Jose State University. San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Interactive are also within 6 mi (10 km). Penitencia Creek Station is 20 minutes by foot and Beryessa Station is 26 minutes.

                Two Suites! 4b3b Over 2000sf House W/wd&parking Located
                Two Suites! 4b3b Over 2000sf House W/wd&parking Located

                Two Suites! 4b3b Over 2000sf House W/wd&parking Located

                San Jose, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in North San Jose, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Great Mall of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley University, and San Jose Municipal Golf. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Alum Rock Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). Beryessa Station is 8 minutes by foot and Hostetter Station is 12 minutes.