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The Stevens Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments in Mountain View and Cupertino, two of Silicon Valley's growing communities. As its name suggests, both segments closely follow Stevens Creek, which originates in the Santa Cruz Mountains and empties into the San Francisco Bay.
The northern segment in Mountain View begins just beyond a junction with the San Francisco Bay Trail, a developing effort to create a 500-mile multiuse trail encircling its namesake bay. Coursing southward from 750-acre Shoreline Park, the trail runs through tidal marshlands and natural riparian habitats, providing for recreation and educational opportunities. Grade-separated crossings of busy roads allow for uninterrupted travel to the trail's endpoint in a residential sector of Mountain View at Heatherstone Way and Dale Avenue.
In Cupertino, a much shorter stretch of the Stevens Creek Trail links two popular community parks. In the north, Blackberry Farm offers ample picnic space, swimming pools, a playground, and many other amenities, while the popular McClellan Ranch Preserve farther south features a nature museum and community garden on a preserved horse ranch.
There are several access points throughout the length of the Stevens Creek Trail, but the primary entrance is at its junction with the San Francisco Bay Trail in Mountain View's Shoreline Park (3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard), where parking is also available.
In Cupertino, park at the McClellan Ranch Preserve (22221 McClellan Road) or Blackberry Farm (21979 San Fernando Avenue).
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