Teeming with acres of woodlands, creeks, and trails, Mountain View puts outdoor enthusiasts right near some of Central California's most stunning natural scenery and wildlife. From captivating mountain and bay views to peaceful trails that wind their way through woods and marshes, the region grants visitors a first-hand glimpse of the Bay Area's diverse and ever-evolving ecosystem.
Grab your hiking boots and set out to explore some of our favorite spots with an insider's look at the best hiking in Mountain View and the San Francisco Bay Area this spring and summer.
With access to nearby Shoreline Park and Creekside Park, this is one of our top places to soak up the California sun and cool breezes while enjoying a mild hike. The Hetch-Hetchy Trail offers miles of easy going paved trails that connect the Middlefield Light Rail Station to Stevens Creek Trail.
Shoreline at Mountain View
If you're looking to immerse yourself in nature, look no further than Shoreline at Mountain View. This wildlife recreation area is made up of acres of woodlands, streams, and trails that are perfect for hiking, jogging, trail running, mountain biking, or just casual strolling. Snap photos of some truly stunning mountain and San Francisco Bay views, and catch a glimpse of local wildlife.
Stevens Creek Trail
This five-mile paved trail winds along Stevens Creek, boasting pedestrian bridges, crossings, and some memorable scenery. Stroll through the peaceful woods and marshes at this dog-friendly local favorite spot, and bring your pup along for an adventure they won't forget.
Permanente Creek Trail
A popular spot for runners, bikers, or those on their way to explore Silicon Valley's vibrant surrounding neighborhoods, this multi-use creekside trail runs from Shoreline at Mountain View, passing over highway 101 to Middlefield Rd.
Black Mountain Trail
If you're looking for a little adventure, this Los Altos, CA trail offers 9.2 miles of moderate to hilly terrain, winding its way through woods, fields, and along gorgeous overlooks and backdrops. A great spot for trail runners, hikers, and photographers, this is a can't miss California hiking spot.
Rhus Ridge Trailhead
Connecting to Black Mountain Trail, this 1.7 mile trail is a little more easygoing, with some moderate terrain across the Los Altos Hills. If you're looking for a shorter hike but still want all of the scenery, this is a prime choice for a fun and quick outing.
Stanford Dish Hiking Trailhead
This 3.8-mile loop near Stanford, California, is popular with Stanford students and Mountain View or Silicon Valley workers. Great for walking, running, or hiking, the paved path traverses some beautiful scenery, making for a memorable outdoor adventure.
If you're looking for a place to recharge after a day of exploring, Hotel Strata puts you close to these and other trails in Mountain View. To plan an upcoming staycation, road trip, or group adventure, contact our hotel directly at 650-967-6957 for more information before you book