Alum Rock Park
This Park is a City of San Jose park but not your traditional city park.  This park is huge with an abundance of hiking trails and picnicking facilities.  Here is a Park map.

 Alum Rock Park is your basic "Box" Canyon.  There are trails on both the north and the south rims of this Canyon Park.  My hikes usually start at the Penitencia Creek entrance and go up the North rim including the "Todd Quick" trail and then a hike up to the east end to pick up the trails on the south rim.  The total hike around the park is probably about 2000+ elevation change and approximately 8 miles.  Shorter hikes can be taken.  There are lots of restrooms and picnic areas in the canyon floor area. 

This park has a rich past including at one time a trolley service and mineral baths.  The trolley service is mostly evident on the west end of the park and the mineral baths are mostly evident along the creek, on the east end of the park.  A must see for families.  This park is stroller friendly as well in most parts of the canyon floor.  Be prepared to walk a couple of miles just to see the canyon floor sights in the picnic areas.

To get to the south entrance follow Alum Rock Ave.  north from 101 to the South Park entrance.  The Penitencia Creek entrance is also very good for the trail enthusiasts.  You can get on Penitencia from North Capitol Ave. as well.

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