Day Three Above: I took this shot on the Sierra Vista Trail in the eastern foothills above San Jose/Silicon Valley.
Located just above the City of San Jose’s Alum Rock Park is the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. There are some fantastic hiking trails in both Alum Rock Park and Sierra Vista OSP with some pretty views of the eastern foothills above San Jose. This is one of my favorite hikes along the Sierra Vista Trail. It’s not unusual for me to see several Red Tailed Hawks soaring above this valley.
If you’re looking for a good out and back Half Dome training hike, try starting out from Alum Rock Park on the North Rim Trail/Weather Trail/Todd Quick Trail and continue up the hill and take the Boccardo Loop Trail to the Sierra Vista Trail/Lower Calaveras Loop Trail. It’s about 14 miles out and back with a total elevation gain of well over 1,200 feet. It’s not as steep as Mission Peak in Fremont…but, it is a good long, scenic trail.
Where are you hiking this weekend?
If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.