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  • How Long is the Trail?

    A simple question with a rather long answer! Ultimately, the entire trail may be nearly 27 miles long, following Stevens Creek from high up near Black Mountain down to the San Francisco Bay. The actual mileage will depend upon the routing of the trail in the “gaps”.

    Here is a rough tabulation of the existing trails segments that _may_ be part of the ultimate trail, starting up in the mountains and working down:

    • 2.7 miles on White Oak Trail from Monte Bello Parking down to the Skid Road Trail and on to the junction with the Canyon Trail. Or 1.7 miles on the Hiking Only Stevens Creek Nature Trail. Or 1.27 miles from the Bay Area Ridge Trail at Horseshoe Lake to that same junction.
    • 4.3 miles on the Canyon Trail from the turn off to White Oak down to Stevens Canyon Road. It’s possible that a future new trail will result in not all of this being included in the ultimate trail.
    • 2.5 miles from the Upper Canyon Trai to the lower Canyon Trail on Stevens Canyon Road.
    • 2.4 miles on the Lower Canyon Trail (Hiking Only) or 0.5 miles on the narrow no-shoulder road for bikes.
    • 0.5 miles either on the road or on the seasonally passable Creek Trail to the Tony Look Trailhead.
    • 2.5 miles on the Tony Look Stevens Creek Trail to get to the Coyote Ridge Trail in Stevens Creek County Park (hiking only).
    • 0.6 miles on the Tony Look Stevens Creek Trail to reach Stevens Canyon Road.
    • 0.8 miles gap on the road to reach McClellan Ranch Preserve, but this misses out on the 0.3 mile trail connecting to Linda Vista Park.
    • 0.9 miles through McClellan Ranch Preserve and Blackberry Farm to the Stocklmeir Orchard and Stevens Creek Blvd.
    • 4.9 miles gap on roads from Stevens Creek Blvd in Cupertino to Dale Ave and Heatherstone Way in Mountain View. 3.3 miles as the crow flies so other routings might get closer to this.
    • 1.6 miles to Dana Street, Mountain View's Reach 4.
    • 1.0 miles to Whisman Park and the Hetch-Hetchy Trail, Mountain View's Reach 3.
    • 0.9 Miles to La Avenida, Mountain View's Reach 2.
    • 1.5 miles to the end of the paved trail on Mountain Views Reach 1.
    • 0.8 miles out to the SF Bay on a gravel trail, but would have needed to cross to the east side of the creek before this point. This may end up being longer when the South Bay Salt Ponds project completes with a new trail on the West side of the creek planned to an observation deck to the bay.
    So, if you do all of that, it adds up to 26.9 miles! Leaving out the on-street gaps, there is open trail (not all yet dedicated as Stevens Creek Trail, though) adding up to 18.8 miles.

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  • How did the trail first get started?

    The 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 (we aim to have this on the website in full soon)

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  • 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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  • 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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  • What additions are in construction or planned?

    Details can be found in Trail Updates.

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  • 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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  • What are the plans for extending the trail past Dale/Heatherstone?

    The cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale are both working to extend the trail from Dale/Heatherstone to Fremont Ave. Both have also been awarded grants from the VTA for Measure B funding to assist with these extensions.

    Mountain View is heading up the extension from Dale/Heatherstone to Mountain View High School and design is starting in 2022. Sunnyvale will pick up from there, initially with extension across the creek to Remington Ave. and after that, the rest of the way to Fremont Avenue.

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

    Check our Use Trail menu for some maps. To take with you on the trail, you can download our free Outerspatial App for iPhone and Android. We are working to bring you more.

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  • 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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