What? : Short drive from San Jose up the south east bay hills will take you to Sierra Vista park. From this high location you will enjoy the south bay view as well as the hiking options across the open grassland hills and ridge top.
This is one of the best viewing points on the south bay and it is very popular for sunset viewing.
Where? : Drive to the top of Sierra Road, San Jose, the free public parking area will be on the right.
When? : Year round, prefer at winter or spring when it is all green.
Due note 1: At weekend just before sunset the small parking lot can be full and without any other option to park along the Sierra Road you may need to drive back down. Come early, enjoy the local hikes, and wait for sunset.
Due note 2: This is a small park with few hikes’ options, some are short and easy some are long and difficult. You can combine this visit with hiking all the way down to Alum Rock park but than you will need to climb all the way up back to the starting point.
Due note 3: This is one of the best viewing points on the east valley mountains, view of south bay and sunset.
My thoughts: Only recently I “discovered” this park. The main “attraction” in this park is the view of the south bay valley below you. There are only 3 hikes in the park, mainly in open grassland hills. I visit here several times mainly for sunset and moonrise viewing opportunity.
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