Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Urban Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: City of San Jose, California
Counties: Santa Clara
Trail travels through large portions of city, easily accessible from major cross streets. Popular access points include Alviso (Gold Street), Guadalupe River Gardens (Taylor Street) and downtown (San Carlos Street).
The City of San Jose is strategically developing a 100-mile trail network by unifying 35 trail systems to provide active transportation and recreation for pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and other users. The Guadalupe River Trail is a 10-mile paved trail that serves as a core system within the network, it extends from Gold Street (Alviso, San Francisco Bay to Virginia Street, Downtown).
Surveys indicate that nearly 1,000 people use the Guadalupe River Trail on a daily basis, and of that number, over 50% are commuting to and from work.
Travel along the Guadalupe River Trail offers the user a variety of experiences. Each trail entry is destinguished by decorative pavement (in teh form of a large compass, and often includes interepretive signage). Starting from near the San Francisco Bay, the trail user can travel through the Alviso community, with many historic structures from its 19th century boom as San Jose's port. Further south, the trail user will view Silicon Valley's many major employment sites and serve to provide access to companies like Cisco, EBay, IBM and others. Passing along San Jose Norman Y. Mineta International Airport, trail users will see San Jose's largest public art piece, The Hands" which extends across the face of a 6-story parking garage and can sit at Airport Plaza along the trail for views of planes landing and departing can be seen. Through the Guadalupe River Park, the trail user can take spur trails to view the nation's largest collection of antique roses and many other points of interest, dining and cultural activities can be found in Downtown San Jose, and the newest 0.4 mile extension will link historical neighborhoods to the trail and park by December 2010.
A long-term plan is in place to further develop the trail upon completion of flood protection improvements (managed by the Army Corp of Engineers and Santa Clara Valley Water District) through central San Jose and link to existing reaches of the trail (4 miles) in South San Jose with an existing connection to the 6 mile Los Alamitos Creek Trail and Lake Almaden Regional Park.
Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 3
Elevation High Point: 40
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2009
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: photo - Trail Sign
Document: photo - Trail Art
Website: San Jose Trail System web page from American Trails
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation
200 East Santa Clara Street, 9th Floor
San Jose , CA 95113
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