Friends of Stevens Creek Trail

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  1. How did the trail first get started?

  2. Are there any programs or activities along the trail?

  3. Where are the mile markers - can you show them on a map? In particular, I haven't found the marker for mile 2.75.

  4. What additions are in construction or planned?

  5. Why does the trail get closed sometimes?

  6. What is the status of Reach 4 Segment 2?

  7. When is Reach 4 Segment 2 going to open? Where does it go?

  8. What can I do to help the trail?

  9. Where can I download trail maps for the existing and proposed sections?

  10. How safe is the trail?

  11. What is happening in Sunnyvale (Los Altos, Cupertino)?

  12. Who builds the trail?

  13. How much does the trail cost per mile?

  14. Who pays to build the trail?

  15. What sections does that still leave?

  16. Why is it paved?

  17. How is the existing trail maintained?

  18. How can I participate in trail work days?

  19. What about other Trails: Bay, Hetch-Hetchy, Ridge, the trail off Hwy 17?

  20. Where are the locations of:
    • Toilets
    • Drinking fountains
    • access points
    • Mile Markers


  21. How many people use the trail on a typical weekend?

  22. Can I build a memorial to someone on the trail?

  23. How is the construction and maintenance paid for?

  24. What would be the total length from the Bay to the hills? To the Pacific?




  1. How did the trail first get started?

    You're going to love this story! But I haven't had time to write it yet. Short answer is that at least as far back as 1961, the Stevens Creek Trail has been envisioned, as seen in this county brochure from 1961
    and this accompanying map. The long answer involves a spare load of asphalt out at Shoreline Park one day in 1991...

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  2. Are there any programs or activities along the trail?

    Yes, from time to time. Organizers of events which have more than 40 participants are required to register them with the City of Mountain View, so that is who it is best to check with about what might be going on. Mountain View has an educational program available from the Mountain View Parks and Recreation department. It is called "Stevens Creek - Connections for Kids" and includes a teachers' guide and children's workbooks.

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  3. Where are the mile markers - can you show them on a map? In particular, I haven't found the marker for mile 2.75.

    Mileage markers are located on the side of the trail at 0.25 mile increments on 4x4 posts about 1 foot high. The 0.0 mile point is located out where the trail turns left to Shoreline Park.
    We are looking into a good way to present the milemarker information on a map - and maps in general are a special ongoing project.
    As for that elusive 2.75 mile marker, it has been located. It is about midway through the tunnel under Hwy 85 that is between Creekside Park and Central Avenue. More specifically, it is just below and to the right of the light that is 3rd from the south (Central Ave) end or 4th from the north (Creekside Park) end.

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  4. What additions are in construction or planned?

    There are three projects currently in the works: 1) In Mountain View, design documents are being worked on for an overcrossing over Moffett Blvd. to improve the safety of the trail at this location. 2) Also in Mountain View, Reach 4 Segment 2, an extension of the trail in Mountain View from its current southern terminus at Yuba Drive near El Camino Real to Mountain View High School, is currently being designed. The first portion, already under construction, is to and under El Camino Real. More on this elsewhere. 3) In Cupertino, construction is expected to begin in summer 2007 on the creek restoration between Stevens Creek Boulevard and McClellan Road, with trail construction planned for the following year.

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  5. Why does the trail get closed sometimes?

    Generally the trail is open every day from sunrise to sunset. Occasionally there are reasons to close the trail for public safety or other reasons.

    One reason the trail sometimes closes during the winter months is for potential or actual flooding at places where the trail passes through a tunnel next to the creek, like at Highway 101.

    When the weather is questionable, check the Mountain View Trail Closure Hotline at 650-903-6072

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  6. What is the status of Reach 4 Segment 2?

    Great news! The first portion, from the end of Yuba Drive, under El Camino Real, to the south side of El Camino Real, just opened.
    Construction of the next stretch, to Sleeper Avenue, should be completed by Spring 2009.

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  7. When is Reach 4 Segment 2 going to open? Where does it go?

    Reach 4 Segment 2 is the name for the stretch of trail in Mountain View that connects from Yuba Drive, near El Camino Real, to Mountain View High School. This is being built in phases as funding becomes available. The first phase extended the trail from Yuba Drive to the south side of El Camino Real by the entrance to Hwy 85 and opened in April 2008. The following phases are expected to be to Sleeper Ave, then across Hwy 85 to Dale/Heatherstone, then back over Hwy 85 to MVHS.

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  8. What can I do to help the trail?

    You have come to the right place. There are several ways to help the trail, depending upon what "Help the Trail" means to you.
    1. One way to help the trail is by participating in trail projects. Friends of Stevens Creek Trail hosts an annual Trail Work Day each year, usually in April.
    2. Another way to help the trail is to help it get built. Right now, many of the hurdles have been crossed in Mountain View, but that isn't the case in other cities along the creek. Citizens in Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Los Altos can all help the trail get built through their towns by voicing their support to their governing officials. Contact us for more information.


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  9. Where can I download trail maps for the existing and proposed sections?

    Check our links page for some maps. We are working to bring you more.

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  10. How safe is the trail?

    The trail is generally considered to be as safe as the neighborhoods through which it passes. Sometimes better, since it is well patrolled and often has a lot of people on it.

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  11. What is happening in Sunnyvale (Los Altos, Cupertino)?

    See the Trail Update page (and while there, sign up for notifications about the city in which you are interested).

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  12. Who builds the trail?

    The trail is built by the cities through which it passes (or county). To date, the City of Mountain View has built the only urban portion of trail. Santa Clara County has built a portion of trail in Ranch San Antonio. And the Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space District is responsible for all the Upper Stevens Creek trails above Stevens Creek Reservoir.

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  13. How much does the trail cost per mile?

    There isn't a simple answer to this as the cost varies greatly depending upon the nature of the trail. Here are some historical figures for the cost of building the trail in Mountain View:



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  14. Who pays to build the trail?

    In general, the city through which the trail runs is who pays to build it. But (and this is a big BUT), there are a great many sources of grant funding available to help with the cost. As much as 50% of many sections have been paid for with grant funds. Here are the numbers I have found so far to record for you: MV R4-S2.1: $264,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District as part of their Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Program in Fall 2005. MV R4-S2.1: $700,000 State Transportation Fund for Clean Air Grant in 2005. MV R4-S2.2: $874,000 California Rivers Parkway Grant by the State Resources Agency in summer 2006.. MV R4-S2.2: $275,000 Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program Grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in summer 2006. (not sure if this was reassigned or what, but it isn't in the final funding list). MV R4-S2.2: $825,000 Construction Tax Conveyance Fund MV R4-S2.2: $375 000 Shoreline Regional Park Community Fund

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  15. What sections does that still leave?

    Cupertino has broken their undertaking of the Stevens Creek Trail into 4 study areas. Here is the feasibility study overview map
    1. Study Area A covers Stevens Creek Trail through Rancho San Antonio. Much of this trail has already opened, although not currently identified as Stevens Creek Trail. The most recent addition is the Hammond Snyder Trail that gets quite close to Stevens Creek Blvd. The remaining work is to provide access across the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that block the park from the road. Here is the feasibility study map
    2. Study Area D covers the trail between Stevens Creek Blvd and Blackberry Farm. This has construction planned for 2007 - 2009 with opening in 2010 and includes part of Study Area C as well, McClellan Ranch. Here is the feasibility study map
    3. Study Area C covers a section of trail that is now planned in McClellan Ranch and then a trail that might run south of McClellan Road along the edge of the Linda Vista neighborhood and Deep Cliff Golf Course. There is no active planning work in this area at this time (2007). There are 3 maps covering this area: Map 1, Map 2, & Map 3.
    4. Study Area B covers the steep terrain below Stevens Creek Reservoir past the old quarry. There is no active planning work in this area at this time (2007). Much of the land is privately owned with the hope that easements would be granted should the owner wish to develop the property. Here is the feasibility study map for Study Area B.

    That leaves a missing piece between Mountain View and Cupertino. Los Altos has completed a feasibility study in 2008 to see how they might connect the trail through their city and provide access for their residents. Sunnyvale would not benefit from this, though, so they will need to determine their own solution. Both these cities decided in the early 1990s that they would pursue only a street-based trail.



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  16. Why is it paved?

    To allow use by the widest range of activities and to stand up to the large number of users. Paving allows for use by bicyclists, rollerblades and stollers that might have trouble with a gravel or dirt trail.

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  17. How is the existing trail maintained?

    Maintenence is primarily by the city through which the trail runs, but through trail work days and other special events, the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and its volunteers have made many improvements and enhancements.

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  18. How can I participate in trail work days?

    Just send us an email or letter and ask to be put on our volunteer mailing list. We usually hold a trail work day in the spring. And, of course, check the website.

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  19. What about other Trails: Bay, Hetch-Hetchy, Ridge, the trail off Hwy 17?

    Check our "Links" page to learn about other trails and resources nearby.

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  20. Where are the locations of:
    • Toilets
    • Drinking fountains
    • access points
    • Mile Markers


    Under investigation.

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  21. How many people use the trail on a typical weekend?

    Under investigation.

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  22. Can I build a memorial to someone on the trail?

    Under investigation.

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  23. How is the construction and maintenance paid for?

    Under investigation.

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  24. What would be the total length from the Bay to the hills? To the Pacific?

    Under investigation.

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