Penitencia Creek Trail

California

Penitencia Creek Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Santa Clara
Length: 2.8 miles
Trail end points: Mabury Rd. and Noble Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6475164
Trail activities: Bike, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Penitencia Creek Trail Description

The Penitencia Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through a suburban greenbelt in northeast San José. On the northeastern end, the trail passes by a series of percolation ponds, and you can take a side trip along dirt paths around them. Much of the rest of the trail is paved, although midway along the trail you come to Berryessa Park, which has a 1-mile-long paved loop, children's playground, restrooms, water fountain, community center and a fenced-off duck pond (please don't feed the birds). Berryessa Park is adjacent to Piedmont Middle School, where you'll find a track and a ball field.

Penitencia Creek, which is shaded and beautiful, is the southern border of Berryessa Park. Inside the south end of Berryessa Park, about 30 feet from the creek, is the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, which rehabilitates injured and sick wild animals. About 1.5 miles up Penitencia Road is Alum Rock Park, worth a visit.

Use caution at all road crossings.

Parking and Trail Access

Park off Capitol Avenue at Gilchrist Drive. You can also park off Penitencia Creek Road where the trail intersects the road and off Noble Avenue by Penitencia Creek Park.

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