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Alum Rock Park

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Address: 16240 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95127-1307
Phone Number: +1 408-259-5477
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Alum Rock Park is 718 acres, has restrooms, 149 picnic tables, 85 BBQs, and...

Alum Rock Park is 718 acres, has restrooms, 149 picnic tables, 85 BBQs, and 2 playgrounds.

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Wonderful Place -- Huge Park with Great Hiking and Expansive Views at the top!

If you've never been to Alum Rock Park -- DO IT! Even if you're a Santa Cruz Mountain snob -- these hills and trails (while a bit drier and different vegetation) will not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Kari D
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

If you've never been to Alum Rock Park -- DO IT! Even if you're a Santa Cruz Mountain snob -- these hills and trails (while a bit drier and different vegetation) will not disappoint you. Newly made free parking in the first few lots too! Be sure to check out the sulfer springs, and hike all the way to the... More 

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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The front end of the park has the remains of the old public bath house, the hot springs and waters that supplied it are further in the park, and the hillsides get very steep very fast. so one can select the difficulty of ones hike.

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Thank Norma W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Alum Rock Park used to be some kind of big time attraction - 100 years ago. Now it's a park in the San Jose foothills that is typically quite hot and dusty. Nice playground in the park, but it gets really crowded on the weekends. The nature center does do some nice trips for schools.

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Thank mustardenglish
San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Plenty of long trails to choose from. Mostly dirt though, so don't wear your fancier kicks. Many parking lots placed at different places of the park...some free, some you have to pay. Pretty much no cellular service at most areas, so you won't be able to stream music, listen to games or play pogo. Also many benches and some areas... More 

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Thank John H
San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

There are a lot of hikes to choose from. Good place to get a great work out and very scenic. The remains of hot springs bath area is fun to check out.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I grew up about 2 miles from the entrance to this park, so I might be biased. But after I moved downtown and started bringing my three boys back here for nature hikes, they really loved it more than a lot of other parks in the South Bay. The hike up the south canyon wall under the oaks is pretty... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

what an amazing place - seems to go on forever, too - A LOT to see and do here including mineral springs, climbing and walking trails that are super cool with lots of rock formations and foliage that makes you stop and be amazed at how beautiful things are, There are a lot of wildlife birds and animals and plenty... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

For most of the year, the park is very dry. You still see all sorts of animals and there are plenty of trails to go on.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very nice place to get away from the hustle and bussel. Parking was free until September. We climbed the hills to the top of the rock edge. Beautiful views of San Jose.

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Long island, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

For my first hiking experience, this was great! Enough for a good walk, but easy enough for the whole family to enjoy. We found a lot of shady spots so that none of us would be overheated. Really pretty, we saw a lot of wildlife too!

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