Penitencia Creek Trail

The Alum Rock section of the Penitencia Creek Trail is located in the City of San Jose's Alum Rock Park. The existing trail was once the rail bed for the Peninsular Railroad during the early 1900's. The trail runs along Penitencia Creek from the entrance of Alum Rock Park through the main area of the park and on to No Horse Bridge where it connects to the South Rim Switchback trail. The trail provides a scenic 2.5 mile walk through the shaded canyon floor and connects with several trails that lead through out Alum Rock Park. The route is also part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Type: Greenway
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: San Jose (Alum Rock Park)6 miles NE of downtown
States: California
Counties: Santa Clara
Latitude: 37.39654   Longitude: -121.8043

Take I-680 to Berryessa exit and go west to Capitol Ave. Go south 0.3 miles and turn east on Penitencia Creek Road two miles to park entrance.


Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 300
Elevation High Point: 600
Year Designated: 1974

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Alex Pearson
City of San Jose
15350 Penitencia Creek Rd
San Jose , CA 95127
(408) 277-3267

Information Contact:
Alum Rock Park Rangers
15350 Penitencia Creek Rd
San Jose , CA 95127
(408) 259-5477



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