Trail Status FAQs Press Releases

Search our FAQs Ask a Question Printer Friendly Version
Stevens Creek Trail     List of Categories

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3







  • 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)

    To top


  • 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.

    To top


  • 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.

    To top


  • What additions are in construction or planned?

    Details can be found in Trail Updates.

    To top


  • 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

    To top



  • What is the status of Reach 4 Segment 2?

    The first section, from Yuba Drive to El Camino Real opened in April 2008. The second section, from El Camino Real to Sleeper Ave opened in June 2009. The third section, from Sleeper Ave., over Hwy 85 to the corner of Dale Ave and Heatherstone Way was fully funded for construction planned to take place in 2010 with opening in 2011.

    To top


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

    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. Although that is still the plan, no funding has yet been allocated for the design or construction of the trail past Dale/Heatherstone. The cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and Cupertino have had meetings to look at how the trail might continue and connect in its entirety. This started in December 2008.

    To top


  • 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.


    To top


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

    Check our Use Trail menu for some maps. We are working to bring you more.

    To top


  • 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.

    To top


Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

Was this page helpful?