Alamitos Creek Trail,
City of San Jose & Santa Clara Water District,
Santa Clara County
3.9 mile out and back walk on a paved trail.
Distance, category, and, difficulty:
Very easy; this 3.9 mile out and back walk is on a paved and nearly flat trail.
Mix of shade and sun.
2 hours or less.
Nice year round.
From Interstate 280 in Santa Clara County, take CA 85 south (toward Gilroy). After about 12 miles, exit at Almaden Expressway and turn right onto Almaden Expressway. Drive about 1 mile, then make a u-turn at Winfield and drive about 0.3 mile to the Almaden Lake Park entrance on the right.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, stores, and restaurants less than 1 mile away to the north. No camping.
Almaden Lake Park has two (unconnected) parking lots with plenty of parking. No dogs are permitted in the west lot (this is the one accessed by Almaden Expressway), so if you want to bring a dog, use the east entrance trailhead: from CA 85 drive on Almaden Expressway, turn left onto Coleman, right on Winfield, then turn right into the park. $6 parking fees are charged during summer months, but access is free other times of the year. You'll find restrooms, drinking water, and a pay phone at the trailhead. There are no maps of Los Alamitos Creek Trail at the trailhead, but interpretive signs along the trail highlight the route. There are several designated handicapped parking spaces, and trails are well suited to wheelchairs and strollers. This trail is accessible by public transportation. Visit the Transit Info website for details. You can also access this trail via a 25 car trailhead (no fee) on Camden Avenue at Mt. Forest Drive.
Almaden Lake Park is open from 8 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. Los Alamitos Creek Trail is a multi-use trail. Dogs are permitted, on leash only (dogs are not permitted at the western part of Almaden Lake Park: see details above).
The Official Story:
San Jose's Almaden Lake Park page
San Jose's Los Alamitos Creek Trail page
Park office (408) 277-5130
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Los Alamitos Creek Trail map from City of San Jose
South Bay Trails, by Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, and Frances Spangle (order this book from Amazon.com) has a simple map and descriptions of Los Alamitos Creek Trail.
View photos from this walk.
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Creek flows from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Azul down into Almaden Valley, where it meets Arroyo Calero, then the two continue
north to drain into Almaden Lake. Although the creek may look mild and
gentle most of the year, heavy winter storms created chronic flooding
in Almaden Valley until the Santa Clara Water District widened the creekbed
and installed levees in the 1970s. Los Alamitos Creek Trail, a paved multi-use
path, is a joint effort between the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara
Water District. The broad path begins at Almaden Lake and heads south,
following along the banks of the creek. Initially the trail skirts some
housing developments, then it crosses the creek and runs parallel to Camden
Avenue. Los Alamitos Creek Trail eventually abandons a roadside course
and takes a final path along Calero and Santa Teresa Creeks, ending at
Fortini Road and Santa Teresa County