The Alum Rock South Rim Trail is a 4.6 mile loop in Alum Rock Park that is easily accessible in the South Bay Area. The trail features a river and is perfect for all ages and skill levels.

The trail starts off as paved, and then turns into dirt pack. The trail offers shade on hot summer days, keep your eyes peeled for a historic century-old mineral spring spa hidden among the brush. There is a playground in the park, making it even more kid friendly. 

The trail is open for use year-round and does not allow dogs. There is a $6 parking fee for parking in Alum Rock Park. Please note the trail is closed on Mondays. 

Photos: Corinne OkadaSylvie FDawn Ellner, and Don DeBold

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Map of the trails
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RT Distance 4.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 954 Feet
Activities Chillin, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby


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