Guadalupe River Trail

California

Guadalupe River Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Santa Clara
Length: 12.5 miles
Trail end points: San Francisco Bay Trail at Gold St. (Alviso) and Los Alamitos Creek Trail at Almaden Lake Park on Coleman Rd. (San Jose)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6366518
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Register for Free with TrailLink Today!

View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
Share your trail photos
Save Your Favorite Trails
Find New Trails Near You
Leave reviews for trails
Submit new trails to our site
Register Now

Guadalupe River Trail Description

The Guadalupe River Trail is the spine of San Jose's growing trail network, running north-south through much of the city. Portions of the trail run along both banks of the Guadalupe River, with signs informing trail users where they must cross. Plans call for the trail's two open segments to be linked in the future; for now, trail users must experience the two sections separately.

The northern segment begins in Alviso, a community situated at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. Here the trail connects to the Highway 237 Bikeway, a component of the larger San Francisco Bay Trail. The latter is an ambitious effort to create a 500-mile multiuse trail encircling its namesake bay.

Continuing south, the trail passes beneath most roadways, including State Route 237, US 101 and Interstate 880, as it works its way into downtown San Jose. Before you reach the heart of the city, the path skirts Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, granting convenient access for airport employees and travelers alike. Closer to downtown, the trail enters Guadalupe River Park. The 3-mile band of parkland offers a host of recreation and entertainment opportunities, including the volunteer-maintained Heritage Rose Garden.

The stretch of trail through downtown San Jose provides easy access to the type of amenities only found in large cities, including an arena (home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks), convention center, museums and theaters. San Jose Diridon—the city's central train station—is a short trip southwest down W. San Fernando Street from the trail, while San Jose State University is another short trek up the same street to the northeast.

The northern segment ends at W. Virginia Street, and a significant gap exists between this endpoint and the start of the southern segment at Chynoweth Avenue. Winding south over a much shorter distance compared to the northern stretch, this portion still features scenic views of distant hills and provides access to two light rail stations. The path ends at Coleman Road, where trail users can enter Almaden Lake Park and pick up the Los Alamitos Creek Trail to tack on additional recreational mileage.

Parking and Trail Access

For the Guadalupe River Trail's northern segment, parking and restrooms are available at the Alviso Educational Center on Gold Street in Alviso (just south of the bridge going over the river). Additional parking can be found on-street in downtown San Jose or at Guadalupe River Park on Coleman Avenue.

For the trail's southern segment, parking is available at Almaden Lake Park (6099 Winfield Boulevard).

Guadalupe River Trail Reviews

Great for an evening run. The river/creek is full this time of year I guess. Tons of people out walking dogs and riding bikes. It is still light out even at 8:30pm. No homeless on this section of trail.

Stayed at Hotel near airport and took trial south on Saturday. Not very pretty and lots of homeless. Next day went north which was much nicer and felt safer. Due to rain many of the tunnels were impassable.

50F Sunday 9AM in Early December - Went for a quick jog.

Entered the trail from Park Ave and went North (East side) - Trail was paved and signage was OK. At Coleman Ave had to exit the East side and switch to the West side.

Crossed paths with other runners and bikers. As some other reviewers mentioned, saw a number of homeless people in the underpasses. Didn't feel threatened but would not recommend anyone to be alone and in the dark. Just not worth it.

In general, saw a lot of homeless people in downtown San Jose.

Accordion

So, it's scenic, and pretty, I'll give you that. But as a small female running alone (on a business trip, no one else to go with me) I never really felt safe.

Came from the convention center area, ran south, gave up when it seemed to dead end into housing. Continued north, gave up when I had to cross yet another street. If I were a large man, or in a group, this would be better. But running under bridges where people are camped out and staring at you isn't exactly comfortable for me.

Will try a different trail later in the week.

Along creek in San Jose downtown area with minimal confusions, just be ready to switch sides once and a while stay alert or Use use

I parked my car at Alviso park on Gold Street and when I returned from my ride the back window of my car was broken. I had been robbed. This was at 9 in morning. Be careful. Lots of bums hanging out.

To go from downtown San Jose along the Guadalupe River out to Alviso and the Bay wetlands, I know of no better way of getting there by bike than this trail. It would be nice if there were more trees though.

Good

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Events nearby

 
Bay Area Ridge Trail (San Francisco Presidio)
San Francisco, CA

Now in its 10th year, the Marin County Triathlon Weekend is continuing its tradition of being one of the world’s most environmentally conscious...

#bike #marathon #race #run
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Lake Merced Loop (San Francisco)
Daly City, CA

The City of Daly City celebrates its 19th consecutive year of participation in Make A Difference Day. Daly City residents are asked to 'Make A...

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
Accordion
 
Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail
Salinas, CA

R.O.N. has worked at Nativdad Creek Park for over 20 years with the help of volunteers from all over Monterey County. R.O.N. is a community and school...

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Centennial Way Trail
South San Francisco, CA

Volunteer to Save Critical Grasslands! Join the South San Francisco Weed Warriors for fresh air and exercise and beautiful landscapes - and help us...

#cleanup #volunteer
Sat Oct 28 2017
 
Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)
Oakland, CA

The Oakland Hills Trail Run will have a capacity of 300 runners, across all distances: 10K, Half-Marathon, and 35K. A hidden redwood forest lies in...

#race #run
Sat Oct 28 2017

Nearby Trails

Los Alamitos Creek Trail

California - 5.2 miles

The Los Alamitos Creek Trail runs along its namesake creek between McKean Road and Almaden Lake Park, where the trail is also known as the Lake...

Highway 87 Bikeway

California - 4.1 miles

The Highway 87 Bikeway follows State Route 87 between Willow Street in the north and Santa Teresa Boulevard at W. Valley Freeway (SR 85) in the south....

Calero Creek Trail

California - 1.9 miles

The Calero Creek Trail runs between Singer Park and Santa Teresa County Park. The trail is paved between Los Alamitos Creek and Harry Road (0.7 mile)...

Accordion

Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

California - 22.1 miles

For most of its length, the scenic Coyote Creek Trail meanders along its namesake creek south of the city of San Jose. South of Metcalf Road, an...

Los Gatos Creek Trail

California - 11.2 miles

It is difficult to travel through suburban Santa Clara County for more than a few minutes without noticing an abundance of cyclists and runners in the...

Albertson Parkway

California - 0.5 miles

The Albertson Parkway is located in South San Jose, just steps away from the sprawling Santa Teresa County Park, which features preserved land and...

Umbarger Road Parkway

California - 0.6 miles

The Umbarger Road Parkway parallels its namesake road for just over 0.5 mile between Plumas Drive and Tuers Road in a narrow strip of greenspace...

Silver Creek Valley Trail

California - 4 miles

Silver Creek Valley Trail follows its namesake creek and paralleling Silver Creek Valley Road. The passes through a country club neighborhood and...

Barberry Walkway

California - 0.5 miles

The Barberry Walkway runs parallel to Barberry Lane between Corda Drive near Meadowfair Park and Dina Lane. There are plans to extend the walkway...

Upper Silver Creek Trail

California - 0.9 miles

The Upper Silver Creek Trail courses through Silver Creek Linear Park, offering a nice play area and picnicking at the southern end and tennis courts...

Evergreen Creek Trail

California - 1.2 miles

The Evergreen Creek Trail follows its namesake creek between San Felipe Road and Yerba Buena Road. To the north of the gravel trail is suburbia (with...

Yerba Buena Creek Trail

California - 0.7 miles

The Yerba Buena Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through Evergreen Park behind the community center, paralleling Yerba Buena Road and Park...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Support Trails and Pick Your FREE Guidebook + Trail Kit Today!
Pledge to make a difference for trails!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR