Almaden Aplenty

A large lake, fall colors, birds of all feathers, picnic tables, bocce courts, and a terrific multi-use trail:…

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A large lake, fall colors, birds of all feathers, picnic tables, bocce courts, and a terrific multi-use trail: San Jose’s Almaden Lake Regional Park packs all this and more into its 65 acres. There’s something for everyone, including the flat and paved Los Alamitos Creek Trail, ideal for a 3-mile out-and-back creekside stroll or bike ride.

Start right from the park and head south, passing a clutch of picnic tables before reaching trail signage. Canada geese are abundant here, but keep an eye out for other feathered friends like great blue herons, grebes, and cormorants. Los Alamitos Trail is where nature mixes with the city; the park’s smack in San Jose, but as you wind farther back on the trail you’ll begin skirting large homes on one side while the namesake creek burbles on the other side—lined by maples, sycamores, and oaks.

Caramel-colored crunchy leaves and rich reds are currently on autumn display. The turnaround point comes after you cross a bridge and find yourself at the parking area on Camden Avenue. Flip it here and return the way you came. There’s plenty more to see and do around here if the mood strikes. Bountiful outing.

Park at the eastern entrance to Almaden Lake Park off of Winfield Blvd. (map). The Los Alamitos Creek Trail goes south along the edge of the lake and continues beside the creek. You must bring your own bocce balls if you want to use the courts at Almaden Lake Park. Dog-friendly!

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