The Penetecia Creek Trail, in Alum Rock State Park, is a beautiful 3.6 mile escape from urban San Jose. The trail is perfect for families and all ages.

The trail is accessible year round and features a creek and a lake. The trail offers ample shade as it meanders along a creek. There are benches placed along the trail in perfect locations for a snack and some water. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in this park. 

Photos: Goldfish KAKai Schreiber and Cal Whiz

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy walking shoes or trail runners
  • Snack
  • Sun protection 
  • Trail map
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 301 Feet
Activities Cycling, Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby

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