For a fun and memorable hike with your doggo in Cupertino, look no further than Stevens Creek County Park! Nestled in the foothills between Cupertino and Saratoga, this 1,000-acre site is a great place to visit with Fido if you prefer to avoid big crowds.
Stevens Creek County Park is pawhaps best known for its 86-acre reservoir, which can be viewed from some of the trails and the pawpular Lakeshore Picnic Area. The park offers over 9 miles of single track and multi-use trails that are surrounded by cottonwood, sycamore, alder, oak, eucalyptus, and big-leaf maple trees. Four-legged hikers are welcome on all trails, except on those that lead into adjacent lands where dogs are not allowed, such as Upper Stevens Creek County Park. To experience the best scenery, visitors recommend hitting the Tony Look Trail. Flat and mostly shaded, this path goes around the reservoir and makes for a pleasant stroll with your pup.
Since the park is home to a number of wildlife, you and Fido may encounter various mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and butterflies on your hike. Some of the species that have been spotted in the area include the brush rabbit, fox squirrel, black-tailed deer, western fence lizard, and Pacific chorus frog. Wildflowers also abound during the spring and summer months. While the scenery is undoubtedly puptacular, try not to get too distracted and beware of ticks and poison oak. Note that you may also hear noises from the nearby shooting range.
Other activities that you and your best friend can enjoy include kayaking and picnicking. There are six shaded picnic areas scattered around the park, so be sure to pack lunch and snacks. As always, keep your pupper on a leash and clean up after them—good petiquette goes a long way! A pawsome adventure awaits you and your pooch at Stevens Creek County Park!