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The Best Backpacking in San Jose

Looking for the best backpacking in San Jose? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Jose. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near San Jose

  • Morgan Hill, California

    Rancho Canada del Oro and Calero Park Loop

    16.06 mi / 3428 ft gain
    Rancho Canada del Oro and Calero Park Loop s an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail

    8.02 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Mayfair Ranch Trail to Serpentine Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near San Jose, California.
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  • Cupertino, California

    Black Mountain via Rogue Valley, Chamise, Black Mountain, Quarry and PG&E Loop

    14.41 mi / 3615 ft gain
    Black Mountain via Rogue Valley, Chamise, Black Mountain, Quarry and PG&E Loop is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Cupertino, California

    Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail

    11.72 mi / 3901 ft gain
    Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Los Altos, California

    Wildcat Canyon Loop

    7.38 mi / 1138 ft gain
    Wildcat Canyon Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cupertino, California.
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  • Saratoga, California

    Backpack the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

    4.7
    30.8 mi
    Want to experience one of the bay area's most memorable backpacking trips? We've got the details to get you out on the trail.To start the trek, drop your car at the Castle Rock State Park Parking Lot, which is located ~2.5 miles south of the junctions of Highways 35 and 9 off of Highway 35. Note ...
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  • Saratoga, California

    Backpack Castle Rock State Park

    4.7
    Castle Rock Trail Camp has a different policy than other backcountry camps in the area (i.e. campsites along Skyline to the Sea). This campground is open all year and is available on a first come, first served basis. If you can, grab a spot a Frog Flat Camp. To get to the camp, park your car at t...
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  • Fremont, California

    Rose Peak From Sunol

    18.64 mi / 3714 ft gain
    Rose Peak From Sunol is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Sunol, California.
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  • Sunol, California

    Little Yosemite via Canyon View Trail

    4.0
    3.01 mi / 705 ft gain
    Please note this is a fragile ecosystem and watershed. There is NO swimming allowed in Alameda Creek and trespassing is prohibited on Water Department lands that are not accessible to the public. You can learn more about the restrictions and the area at ebparks.org.  After entering the kiosk you...
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  • Los Altos Hills, California

    Rhus Ridge and Chamise Trail

    10.1 mi / 1555 ft gain
    Rhus Ridge and Chamise Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Los Altos, California
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  • Soquel, California

    Five Finger Falls via Hinckley Basin Fire Road

    12.27 mi / 2904 ft gain
    Five Finger Falls via Hinckley Basin Fire Road is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Soquel, California.
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  • Soquel, California

    Hinkley Basin Fire Road to Santa Rosalia Mountain

    13.16 mi / 2690 ft gain
    Hinkley Basin Fire Road to Santa Rosalia Mountain is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Soquel, California.
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Backpack to Coit Lake

    5.0
    26 mi
    This trail can be started from Coe Headquarters or Hunting Hollow Trailhead. The trail from Coe HQ is 2 miles longer, almost all elevation but provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. These directions will be starting from Coe HQ.Follow the loop around the parking area to the backpa...
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Backpack to Mississippi Lake

    5.0
    26.4 mi / 3600 ft gain
    If you're tired of trying and failing to get reservations for backcountry camping around the bay area, then Henry Coe State Park is the perfect place to visit. No reservations need to be made prior to the trip. All you need to do is get to the HQ on the morning of your trip, get your permits and ...
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  • Morgan Hill, California

    Bear Springs Loop

    28.42 mi / 6171 ft gain
    Bear Springs Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Morgan Hill, California.
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  • Aptos, California

    Sand Point Overlook Via West Ridge Loop

    13.75 mi / 2175 ft gain
    Sand Point Overlook Via West Ridge Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Aptos, California.
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