Walk on the Shady Side at Alum Rock Park

It's time to visit our neighbors! In the spirit of friendliness and exploration, the supervisors at Alum Rock Park have welcomed our fantastic docents Katherine and Alice in leading a hike through their park! Alum rock is one of the oldest parks in California and is rich in history both natural and cultural.

This is a walk to enjoy the beauty of Alum Rock Park, not primarily an exercise walk, but while moderately paced, will have uphill sections and be from 8 to 11 miles long depending on weather conditions and hikers' energy levels. Bring something to eat for lunch time break. Hikers should be prepared for summer heat: bring lots of water, sun protection; wear light clothing.

This walk has many opportunities for people wishing to shorten their hike to sign out, so don't feel you have to do the whole 8-11 miles, but you are more than welcome to, of course! (big smile) In the event of excessive heat, hike will be shortened and limited to shady, creek side paths. And the park itself is subject to closure for high fire danger days so stay tuned and check this site before heading out. 

Meet at 9 am in the first parking lot after you pass the entrance station (sometimes staffed). Parking lot is on the right side of the road and has a bathroom. Parking costs $6.00/car, or $2.00 for people age 60+ as well as military (active or veterans). You can pay at self-service machines using cash or credit/debit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover Card). Sorry, No pets allowed, only service animals with certifications.


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  • Kathy

    What a great day! Thanks for all your excellent company, thanks Neal for the fine photos. Looking forward to seeing you folks again! Keep an eye on this Meetup site and on the SCVOSA page, http://www.openspaceauthority.org/activities/index.html for our and other docents' hikes.

    1 · June 19

  • Alice L.

    It was a pleasure hiking with all of you today. Hope to see you on future hikes.

    1 · June 18

  • Neal W.

    Thanks to Kate & Alice for a very informative and interesting hike. Great group!

    June 18

  • Bob R.

    I really enjoyed my first OSA hike. Great route, very interesting. Thanks to Kathy and Alice for leading.

    June 18

  • JacquelineK

    Thanks to Kathy & Alice, our docents for an interesting , shady and excellent hike today at Alum Rock! It was a pleasure hiking with you all today and I look forward to seeing you at another hike soon.

    June 18

  • Open Space A.

    I hope everyone is looking forward to today. Let me know how it goes:) Dont forget to take pictures! Be thinking about you folks.

    June 18

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