Yerba Buena Road to San Francisco Bay
New and Future Developments
Coyote Creek Trail Bay Area Ridge Trail Dedication Ceremony, Tully Road, August 15, 2009
This page describes new sections of the Coyote Creek Trail, existing trails and public lands along the creek north of Coyote Hellyer County Park, and planned and potential trail segments. Since this page describes areas that are under development, conditions are likely to change frequently. The purpose of this page is to inform the public about new and possible trail routes and get them interested in the development of the trail. It is not intended to encourage unauthorized exploration of undeveloped sections along the creek. (See the disclaimer below.) If you support the trail development, let your local representatives know.
Trails north along Coyote Creek don't end in Hellyer
County Park. The Santa Clara County Parks trail ends, but the city
San Jose takes over. From the edge of the park, San Jose city
another 2.2 miles from the north end of the park. (See the Trail
Mileage page for more details. See
here for a map.) The trail leads
from the northernmost corner of Coyote Hellyer Park behind the Yerba
Group Picnic site and passes under Yerba Buena Road via a new
under-crossing. It climbs up on a S-shaped ramp, runs for a block next
to Grandbrook Way, passes by a closed landfill site, crosses the creek
on an old closed part of Singleton Road, then runs below another
neighborhood next to Tuers Road. (See here
for a map of the exisiting trail from Hellyer
Park to Tully Road.)
North of Capitol Expressway is a newer trail
segment along the Los
Lagos Golf Course, a public San Jose municipal course. This segment
looks like the rural parts of the trail in the Coyote Valley. The trail
leads to shady Stonegate
Park, at Tuers Road and Gassman Drive. Stonegate is a popular
San Jose city park with picnic areas, playing fields, and playgrounds.
There is a skate
Next to it is Stonegate
Elementary School. A paved path runs along the creek through the
park to the corner of the San
Mounted Patrol Unit, near Tully Road. There, a path leads out to
the street, while a new section of trail continues along the creek.
It runs behind the San Jose Police Horse Stables and a Little League
ball field. The trail currently ends on Tully Road. A path runs along
Tully to the Tully
Library and sports field complex.
On the west side of the
creek on La Ragione Avenue is the Nuestra Tierra community
garden. Part of the Los Lagos Golf Course is on the west side of
the creek. There are no official trails on the
west side of the creek, and homeless camps may be found in the
The continuous Coyote Creek Trail ends at
Tully Road. See here for San Jose's current Coyote
Creek Trail Feasibility Study for future trail plans.
North of Tully Road,
there are city parklands,
the 385-acre Coyote
Creek Park Chain, on either or both sides of the creek all the way
up to William Street. However, there is no continuous trail yet. There
are short trail segments along Coyote Creek in the neighborhood parks
it. There is the Coyote Community Garden along the east side of the
at Galveston Avenue and Tully. North of that, the creek runs next to
Avenue. It then runs behind some condos, churches, and the fields of Yerba
Buena High School. Beyond that is a large undeveloped area of open
on Roberts Stree. 4.2 acres of this land will be developed into the Vietnamese
Heritage Garden. The plans for the Coyote Creek Trail call for it
to run on the east side of the creek from Tully Road to Story Road,
with some on-street segments. (See the plans
for the proposed
trail route from Tully
Road to Phelan Avenue and the proposed
trail from Phelan Avenue to Story Road.)
Open Field on Roberts Rd. that will house the Vietnamese Heritage Garden, the parking lot for Happy Hollow, and the Coyote Creek Trail along the creek on the leftOn the west side of the creek north of Tully Road, the creek runs behind several commercial and industrial complexes. North of there, Wool Creek Drive runs behind the George Shirakawa Sr. Elementary School and the Franklin-McKinley School District headquarters.
There are old orchards next to the creek. The road follows along a loop on the west side of Coyote Creek. Along the north side of this loop is an old ranch, Carroll Hay and Grain, which is on the east side of Coyote Creek, but its entrance is on the west side of the creek. Rock Springs Playground is off Senter at Rock Spring and Needles a little north of there.
At the end of Phelan Avenue is the overflow
parking lot for Kelley
Park. Next to it is an old walnut orchard.
Dirt ranch roads runs through the orchard. A paved path leads into the
developed part of Kelley Park.
Kelley Park is home to the History San Jose Park, the Japanese Friendship Gardens, and Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Happy Hollow has been closed since July 2008 while it is undergoing a $52 million renovation. It will reopen in March 2010. The main entrance will face Coyote Creek. Parking for the park will be on the east side of Coyote Creek, connected to the park by a bridge. Paved trails run through the developed part of Kelley Park. There are lawns and picnic grounds along the creek.
Kelley Park ends at Story Road. A narrow dirt path runs under the west side of the Story Road bridge. A makeshift unofficial creek crossing crosses to the open space on the east side. This is not a park yet.
The open space area north of Story Road is the
former Story Road Landfill. It is posted as no trespassing. Plans call
for the Coyote Creek Trail to
start by the intersection of Story Road and Remillard Court on the east
side of Coyote Creek. It will follow an existing maintenance road that
under I-280 to newly-developed Selma
Olinder Park. Cutting across the middle of the landfill site is the
proposed route of the Willow
Glen Spur rail-trail, named after the former Union Pacific rail
line that once ran through Willow Glen to downtown San Jose, serving
local canneries. The trail is also called the Three Creeks Trail
because it joins three creek trails. When that trail is completed, it
will join the Coyote Creek Trail with the Highway 87 Bikeway,
River Trail, and the Los Gatos
Creek Trail, providing a critical mid-city link between these major
trail systems. It will also provide access from these trails to the
Tamien Station, which is both a VTA
Light Rail and Caltrain
North of I-280, in Selma Olinder Park, gravel
paths run along Coyote Creek and paved trails run
through the park past an off-leash dog park and large playing fields to
School and Community
A pedestrian bridge crosses the creek from Olinder Community Center to William Street Park next to Williams Street. From William Street to Santa Clara Street, Coyote Creek runs behind private homes, so a creek trail route would have to run along city streets. (See here for a map of the proposed trail routes from I-280 to Roosevelt Park.)
North of Santa Clara Street is 10.8-acre Roosevelt
Park. Park trails run along the east side of Coyote Creek.
the park is San Jose High Academy.
There is some room to walk between
creek and the high school fence. A Water District levee can be taken
up the east bank of the creek until it hits Lower Silver Creek. The
of Coyote Creek from Lower Silver Creek up to Hwy 101 is next to
land. Plans call for the Coyote Creek Trail to run on the east bank of
the creek from Roosevelt Park, past San Jose High Academy, to Lower
Silver Creek, cross over it on a bridge, and then cross Coyote Creek to
Watson Park. The proposed Five
Wounds Trail, which follows a former railway right-of-way, will
intersect the Lower Silver Creek Trail just east of the Coyote Creek
The west side of Coyote Creek north of Santa Clara Street runs mostly behind private homes and is inaccessible. The next public land to the north on the west side of the creek is at Empire Gardens School on Empire Street and 26.3-acre Watson Park along 22nd St. Dirt trails ran along the west side of Coyote Creek in Watson Park. Watson Park ends at Hwy 101. It is currently closed and under re-construction due to toxic contamination, as the park was built on a former burn dumpsite. The Watson Dog Park is open, however. Lower Silver Creek joins up with Coyote Creek from the east near here. Future plans for the Lower Silver Creek Trail call for it to join up with the future Coyote Creek Trail on the east side of the creek. Part of the plans for Watson Park include bridges over Coyote Creek to join the main trails east of the creek. (See here for a map of the proposed trail route from Story Road to 101.)
The trail between Lower Silver Creek and Montague Expressway is currently being master-planned, so there are proposals, but no firm plans yet for this section. North of 101, the west side of the creek is bordered by trailer yards whose fences run right up to the edge of the steep creek banks. The east side has a levee along the creek bank, but access is blocked by the City of San Jose's Mabury Service Yard. North of Mabury, the west side of the creek runs mostly behind an industrial area. However, on the east side of the creek, north and south of Berryessa, more people walk near the banks of the creek on weekends than along any other section of the creek. This is because the San Jose Flea Market is here. The Flea Market and its huge parking lots lie along the east side of the creek between Mabury Road and north of Berryessa Road. A gated-off levee trail runs along the creek next to the Flea Market's fence. A planned BART station for the property has prompted the owners of the Flea Market to look into developing the property. The proposed development would include trails along Coyote Creek. Upper Penitencia Creek joins Coyote Creek near Berryessa Road. Higher up Penitencia Creek is Penitencia Creek County Park and San Jose's 720-acre Alum Rock Park. Extensions to the Penitencia Creek Trail are being planned.
More industrial areas lie along Coyote Creek north of Berryessa Road, blocking public access to the creek. There are large recycling facilities on the west side of the creek on both sides of Berryessa Road. The next area of public land along Coyote Creek, between Hazlett Way and Old Oakland Road is in the San Jose Municipal Golf Course on the east side of the creek. However, the creek banks are generally not accessible unless you are golfing. On the other side of the creek is North Coyote Park, an undeveloped park which runs along the creek for about half as far as the golf course. A gravel levee trail runs along the creek behind a series of mobile home parks and ends at the railroad tracks that run behind the industries along Commercial Street. The Old Oakland Road bridge over Coyote Creek is long enough to allow future trail under-crossing. North of Old Oakland Road, the west bank of Coyote Creek is paralleled by Schallenberger Road, which ends at Ridder Park Drive. The creek is visible from the shoulder of Schallenberger Road. On the other side of Schallenberger Road is the San Jose Mercury News. Ridder Park Drive crosses over Coyote Creek on a wide bridge. Ridder Park Drive crosses E. Brokaw Road. Coyote Creek flows under E. Brokaw Road, then I-880. A closed levee road runs along the east side of the creek between E. Brokaw Road and I-880.
Just past I-880, the creek crosses O'Toole
from here, Water District levee maintenance roads follow along either
both sides of the creek and would make good trails if they were open,
they have been at times. However, these levee roads are not yet
open as trails. This levee road starts on
the both sides of the creek at O'Toole, ends at Charcot Avenue, and
again on the other side of Charcot. The levee roads are blocked by
The road north of Charcot
the west side of the creek follows along a fuel distribution facility,
and is interrupted by a gate and fence at the facility. A precarious
footpath leads around this fence. The road continues on the other side
and goes under Montague Expressway. There is no under-crossing on the
From Montague north are wide levee roads on both sides of the creek. The west side is officially open as part of San Jose's Coyote Creek Trail. (See here for a map.) There are trailheads on the west side of the creek on both sides of the Montague Expressway bridge. The east side gate north of Montague is not an official trailhead yet, but it has a walk-through gap. From Montague Expressway north, the west bank of the creek is in the city of San Jose. The east side is in the city of Milpitas, up to Dixon Landing Road, where it enters Fremont. On the west side of the creek north of Montague is an old farm and orchard, a large housing complex, and several industrial parks. On the east side are a series of industrial parks. There are few fences preventing access from these facilities to the levee roads. Besides the roads on top of the levees, there are gravel roads leading down to creek level. The west levees run above an overflow area for the creek that is either dry or marshy. The east side runs closest to the creek itself.
Both sides of the creek lead to under-crossings under Tasman Drive. Just west of the creek is the Tasman Light Rail station. From the Tasman Drive Bridge and the end of the Cisco parking lot, the levee roads are easily accessible. There are official trail accesses on the west side of the creek on both sides of Tasman Drive. The Tasman Drive gates on the east side of the creek are locked. The levee on the west side passes by an open field, a large VTA bus lot, a small marsh, then parallels Hwy 237 and the pedestrian/bike path along it.
The trail ends at the Hwy 237 Bikeway, which runs from Zanker Road to McCarthy Blvd. The levee roads on both side of the creek run under Hwy 237 in large concrete underpasses, but currently, both underpasses are blocked off by fences. In order to get to the north side of Hwy 237, cross over at the signals at McCarthy Blvd. (See here for a master plan of the trail on the San Jose side from Story Road to Hwy 237.)
North of 237, the official start of the Milpitas segment of the Coyote Creek Trail begins on the east side of the creek at Ranch Drive. Ranch Drive crosses over the creek on a bridge to become Alviso-Milpitas Road. At the west end of Alviso-Milpitas Road is a bike path leading to Zanker Road. Zanker Road can be taken to reach the Bay Trails at Alviso. (See here for a map of the Bay Trail in this area.) From Alviso, the Bay Trail leads to the Guadalupe River Trail, the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, the Calabazas Creek Trail, and the Sunnyvale Baylands. (See here for a Bay Trail Map of this area.) The Guadalupe River Trail will lead to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, the Alamitos Creek Trail, which will in turn link to Santa Teresa County Park and Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
Along Coyote Creek north of Alviso-Milpitas
with sensitive noses should be wary here. The giant San
Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant and ponds are west
Coyote Creek. So is the Zanker
Road Landfill. Wide levee roads continue
both sides of Coyote Creek. However, the west side in San Jose is
closed due to construction. On the east side is the official trail in
the McCarthy Ranch development. The 2.75-mile trail on the upper levee
is paved and marked. It is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. Lower
parallel trails branch off the main trail
and run closer to the creek. The trail follows behind new
parks, an old farm, an old packing plant, farm fields, and a retired
sewage treatment plant. A dirt road
down from the levee and runs at creek level. At first, the lower road
next to a wide field. Farther north, it runs right next to the creek.
this point, the creek is a tidal slough. You may see the creek waters
upstream. The trail ends at McCarthy Ranch Road near Dixon
Road. A trailhead gate offers access to the road. The Bay Trail runs
for a short distance on the sidewalk and ends at Dixon Landing Road.
This is currently the end of the Coyote Creek Trail in Santa Clara
South of Dixon Landing Road between McCarthy Blvd. and I-880 is the confluence of Lower Penitencia Creek and Coyote Creek. East of I-880, trails run on portions of the levee on Lower Penitencia Creek.
North of Dixon Landing Road, Coyote Creek forms the border between Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. On the west side of the creek is the Newby Island Landfill in Milpitas. On the east side of the creek, the Creekside Landing Shopping Center has been under construction in Fremont. Though the project is currently on-hold, plans call for a Bay Trail easement through the site. Beyond that, next to a Fremont industrial park, is the Bay Trail along the Coyote Creek Lagoon. Waters from Coyote Creek flow through this lagoon. The trailhead is at the end of Fremont Blvd. south of Lakeview Blvd. The wide gravel trail runs parallel to Fremont Blvd. next to the lagoon, and ends at Landing Road. Dirt trails explore further west into the lagoon and marsh area.
Just before the Coyote Creek Lagoon, the main section of the creek turns west and flows past Mallard Slough and can be seen from the Mallard Slough Loop Trail. The portion of the creek that flows into the Coyote Creek Lagoon flows into Mud Slough, which rejoins Coyote Creek after Station Island. Coyote Creek joins with the Alviso Slough. They can be seen from the Alviso Slough Loop portion of the Bay Trail. Shortly after it joins the Alviso Slough, Coyote Creek enters San Francisco Bay, north of the Sunnyvale Baylands, near the mouth of the Guadalupe Slough. The Alviso Slough is fed by the Guadalupe River. The Guadalupe River Trail runs upstream from Alviso all the way to downtown San Jose.
Created 9/28/02, updated 12/9/09 by Ronald Horii