Hiking in Linda Vista Park, Cupertino CA
Ever wanted to do a great hike, close to home, but feels so far away? Try Linda Vista Park. It is located on Linda Vista Drive in Cupertino. At first you wouldn't think you can do some hiking here, but the path is there, right up to the top.
The park as play structures, and the hiking trail can be found from the middle of the parking lot going up the trail.
The hike is for moderate hikers, as it is pretty much an uphill walk to the top of the hill. When you get to the top, you will be rewarded with a view of the SF Bay, the bridges, Mountain View, San Jose, Cupertino, the hills and the city.
Just watch out for poison oak. It can grow heavy in places after the winter/spring rains, but dies back a bit in the summer.
The hike to the top should take 20 or so minutes, but can be strolled on an hour, just in time for a packed in lunch.
There is a huge parking lot, with lots of room and never seems to be full.
Yes, there are clean and spacious public restrooms. There are also picnic areas, and water fountains.
Yes, there are play structures for use, and are rarely full.
Yes. Deer are frequent visitors all through the park, in fact you can see thm out in the residential area as well. In the evening you can hear coyotes. There can be wild turkeys, bobcats, jays, crows, blue birds, sparrows, hawks, vultures, lizards, snakes, and squirrels. Be sure to hike in pairs, as with any other types of hikes.