Lower Guadalupe River Trail is a scenic trail in west-central California’s Santa Clara County that peacefully meanders through San Jose’s downtown area. It follows the Guadalupe River for about ten miles, maintaining a relatively even grade throughout a vibrant urban backdrop. The entire trail is composed of asphalt, and it is considered an easy hike. It is part of a growing network of trails running through the area, and it is definitely a trail you will want to visit if you are nearby. More importantly, furry friends are welcome to visit the trail as well!
The trail runs north to south, so one possible starting point for your trip is in Alviso, a neighborhood in North San Jose. As you head south toward the heart of the city, you will travel under various roadways and pass by the Mineta San Jose International Airport. The next waypoint you will encounter is Guadalupe River Park, a pleasant community park with gardens and a picnic area. Further on you will find downtown San Jose, which has all of the features you would expect to find in an urban setting — restaurants, public transportation, and more. The trail’s northern endpoint rests in Almaden Lake Park, but Los Alamitos Creek Trail is nearby if you want to keep adventuring!
When you are visiting any trail, always make sure you follow its guidelines and proper trail etiquette. Canine companions must remain leashed at Lower Guadalupe River Trail, and you should bring bags to clean up after your furry friend as well. The trail’s restrooms are located at the Alviso Educational Center, and parking is available at both the north and south trailheads and in the city as well.
Whether you want to hike the entire trail through San Jose, or just stop by for a nice view of the river, you and your pooch are sure to enjoy your time at Lower Guadalupe River Trail.