Trails

The Parks Division is responsible for the protection and maintenance of 37 urban parks and 5.0 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails along Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek and the Hetch-Hetchy Right-of-Way. The Division is also responsible for other regional open space throughout the City. 

Trail Visitor Information

The City of Mountain View manages over 10 and a half miles of paved (Class 1) trails along the Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek, Hetch Hetchy, and Bay Trails. These trails provide multi-modal recreational and commuting opportunities for a wide variety of users and offer residents a way to get outdoors and stay active, whether they are on their way to work or looking for a great place to exercise.

  • Trails are open from 6:00 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Motor vehicles are allowed in designated parking lots and roadways only. 
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Animal handlers are required to clean up after their pet.

TRAIL CLOSURE INFORMATION

Hetch Hetchy Trail

The Hetch Hetchy trail between Tyrella Avenue and Whisman Road will be CLOSED November 27 through December 1, 2017.  For more information, please click the following link Hetch Hetchy Trail Closure

Permanente Creek Trail

The Permanent Creek Trail between Rock and Middlefield will be CLOSED mid-May through December 2017 due to construction.  A new section of trail will be opened between Rock and Middlefield after the construction is complete.

Stevens Creek Trail

A temporary bypass is in place between north of El Camino Real and Yuba Drive. If you would like more information regarding the trails, please contact Shoreline at Mountain View (650) 903-6392. 

Trail Etiquette
The City of Mountain View reminds users to share the trails and respect your fellow trail users. By following the guidelines outlined below, you can contribute to a safe, pleasant experience for all.

   All Users

  • Remember to remain on designated pathways.
  • Be sure to stay alert for other users and trail hazards. Always have at least one ear open.
  • Communicate with other trail users. Announce yourself before passing by clearly stating, “On your left.”
  • When in doubt, keep right and pass on the left.
  • When resting or chatting, move off of the trail to let other users by.
  • Don’t block the trail. When in a group, never walk more than two abreast.

   Bicyclists

  • Check your speed. You should always obey the 15 mph speed limit, but be sure to slow down further if conditions call for it.
  • To avoid accidents, reduce your speed when passing other users or approaching curves.
  • Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users.

   Users with Dogs

  • Yield to other walkers or runners. To avoid conflict, have your dog sit or heel as other users pass.
  • Dogs are users, too; they should be kept on a short leash and remain on the right side of the trail to avoid oncoming traffic.
  • Maintain a pleasant atmosphere for all by picking up after your dog.
  • Respect our wildlife. Please do not walk your dog in restricted areas.

New Regulations
Users should be aware of the following important regulations governing use of City trails:

  • The speed limit for any trail under Article IV shall not exceed 15 miles per hour, but in no instance shall the speed allowed be greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
  • The use of electric-assist bicycles and electric scooters, as defined by the California Vehicle Code, and skateboards, is permitted.
  • The use of electric skateboards is permitted for a one-year trial period from the effective date of any provisions of the California Vehicle Code, as amended, defining electric skateboards and permitting such use on trails.

Prohibited Activities
The following are prohibited activities within Mountain View parks and trails:

  • Harming or disturbing wildlife and plants; and feeding animals
  • No posting of signs
  • No alcohol
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • No powered airplanes
  • No weapons
  • No portable BBQ's, canopies, chairs

Special Provisions for Trails

  • Trail users are permitted on developed trails only.
  • Trail users must limit speed to 15 mph and pass with caution.
  • Trails and underpasses may be closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Domesticated animals are not permitted within Shoreline, but are permitted on Steven's Creek Trail south of Crittenden Lane. 

contact information

FOR TRAIL INFORMATION OR
TO REPORT AN UNSAFE CONDITION
trails@mountainview.gov
(650) 903-6392

NONEMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
(650) 903-6395

EMERGENCY SITUATION
911

 

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