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Singapore, Singapore155 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
My daughter & her young family lives 5-min walk away from this wonderful trail. Whenever I visit I’d take my grandchildren and walk/cycle for on this trail. With mild temperate climate and this outdoor is good 👍🏿! Love the outdoors- looks this trail ...there’s miles of it and links many residential places is also a busy commuting corridor for many cyclists at peak hours! (google, shore line park etc) It is one of the better public amenities here under the beautiful blue CA sky!
Written April 22, 2018
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Mountain View, CA21 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
As someone who lives in Mountain View and worked to get Stevens Trail implemented, I am a big fan of this trail. All ages can enjoy the serenity, beauty, and relaxation this trail brings to users. Joggers, hikers, walkers, and bicyclists all enjoy the trail as it meanders along Stevens Creek. There are numerous egress and ingress points to the trail. The trail technically begins at Shoreline Park and extends to the Waverly Park area near Mountain View High School. Various bridges and tunnels cross the major roads. The trail is a major hub during the week for Google workers to commute by bike to work. The prettiest sections of the trail are those on the north side of Hwy 101 as the trail extends through the bay lands where one sees Egrets, Mallards, Hawks, and a wide variety of birdlife. The trail is a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.
Written March 15, 2016
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California City, CA146 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
I was staying at a hotel that was next to the trail while visiting Ames Research Center. I rented a City Share bike and used the trail to avoid the crowds and traffic. The trail runs east to west and provides easy access to many areas of Mountain View. It is noisy in places where it is near major street or highway but it a nice escape from the civic madness of the bay area. The locals use it to bike, walk, run and walk their dogs and kids. The only significant hills were overpasses for major roads.
Written November 11, 2014
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Mountain View Ca8 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
This would be a great walk if it were not for the rude cyclists. This trail is used by Tech workers to ride bikes to work. The vast majority of these people do not follow the rules. Maybe 1 in 20 give warning that they are about to pass walkers.5 mile per hour zones are disregarded. Bikes come up behind walkers at high speeds and pass close enough to brush walkers. Areas marked "walk your bike" are ignored. When walkers are aproaching each other from opposite directions bikers do not wait for room to pass. They squeeze between the walkers at high speeds. Being old my wife and I no longer feel safe on the trail.
Written March 3, 2018
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Charlottesville, VA129 contributions
Jan 2018 • Business
This trail winds along a creek bed, over highways, and around buildings. Really nice to have a place to get in a run considering the traffic everywhere else. The trail is highly utilized.
The downside is the trail for the most part is not picturesque at all. The creek is, in points, full of debris, stumps and litter. The highway and other urban noises are substantial and plentiful on the sections I travelled.
Written January 30, 2018
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robert c
Sunnyvale, CA3,513 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The Stevens Creek Trail is a 5 mile paved trail for pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists, running from Heatherstone Way near the Mountain View-Sunnyvale border, below El Camino Real to San Francisco Bay.

The trail starts at the corner of Dana and Heatherstone Way in a densely populated residential area of Mountain View east of Highway 85. There is a motorcycle barrier here. This is the Heatherstone bridge, opened in June 2012, which crosses the six lane Highway 85.

This concrete bridge has long on-ramp approaches to the bridge. These ramps have handrails, and hairpin corners requiring 180 degree turns. There are two lanes, one lane in each direction. Bicyclists must turn 180 degrees in as few as 5 feet, to avoid oncoming traffic in the other lane. If you are in the inside lane, you may have to come to a near stop to make the turn within your lane against oncoming bicyclists. Afterwards, bicyclists must go from a near standstill up the next cross traverse ramp. So there is no place to pick up speed before going up the bridge. This bridge is an arched pathway with the tallest area in the middle of the bridge over the median area of Highway 85.

The paved trail continues on the other side of Highway 85, going under flat grass land marked by high voltage transformer towers. It goes through a lighted tunnel under El Camino Real, a six lane road, with a skylight under the median area of the road. There are exit ramps on each side of the tunnel leading to the road above. This is the first of several tunnels under roads, and all are very noisy from the heavy high speed vehicular traffic above, with sounds amplified off the concrete walls.

The paved trail resurfaces next to the backyard parking lot of the Hotel Zico next to the freeway, not exactly the scenic route of Mountain View. The path goes through a series of very narrow underpasses, at least one with a blind curve- but there is a mirror- next to the sound wall of Highway 85. These are very narrow pathways, maybe 6 feet wide at most, where people have to walk in a single column, when encountering oncoming traffic. People should wear reflective colored clothing, as there is often no lighting in these underpasses.

Next the paved trail goes over a 350 foot concrete bridge above the 4 lane freeway 237, with fenced in sides, with ramps with hairpin curves.

We encounter the Central Expressway Bridge, an 1100 foot bridge with a caged structure running over a light rail route, four lanes of Evelyn Ave, two Caltrains railroad tracks, and four lanes of Central Expressway. Like the Heatherstone Bridge, this bridge has long approach ramps with hairpin curves. It is a wooden plank bridge arching at its peak over the two railroads. Needless to say you don't want to walk barefoot on the planks, as they are very rough and full of splinters.

After this the pathway goes through an area of eucalyptus trees and then redwood trees, emerging for another long narrow bridge, this one over Moffett Boulevard, before hitting a straightaway, going through an underpass under highway 101. The Moffett Blvd bridge, opened in 2009, has no hairpin curves, but has a very long ramp leading straight onto the bridge

From here on the Stevens Creek is clearly visible, and not hidden behind a dense foliage of shrubs and trees. The creek is like a water drainage area, with not much to see at this time of year, although you may see ducks when the water is deeper in the winter. The trees disappear, and the shade recedes, as we are now in open grassland area, leaving the traffic noise of the highways behind us.

This area the path crosses by a mobile home park, a tree nursery, and then NASA with the giant blimp hanger being dismantled in the background, and finally the back parking lots of Google. There are side streets, and a resting area in this part of the trail, with bike racks and drinking fountains, but no rest rooms. The parks off the trails may have rest rooms, and Shoreline Park at the end of the trail certainly has rest rooms.

This part of the paved trail is on a raised levee, with steep inclines on each side. You do not want to have a tumble on your bike here! Purple flowers abound. The area has no shade, but is not hot, as afternoon breezes blow from off of the nearby San Francisco Bay. There are no curves and everything is slightly downhill, with the trail going straight to the Bay, with grasslands and then swampy areas on each side.

Once we reach the Bay the trail curves to the left to the north into Shoreline Park, and next to a golf course. You can see birds overhead, and a white pelican standing on the mudflats. Very smelly on the Bay itself, as it like a slough. Once we get closer into Shoreline Park you will see the twin towers of the Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater, and then Shoreline Lake. The Bay trail takes over here and wraps around Shoreline Lake and through the former Mountain View garbage dump onto a dirt trail into the Palo Alto marshlands.

There is a mile long portion of the Stevens Creek trail in Cupertino, which goes through residential areas near DeAnza Park and the Senior Center near highway 85, and crosses over the ten lane Highway 280, and runs into Mary Ave in Sunnyvale. This is to be connected with the Mountain View portion of the trail in the distant future.
Written October 7, 2013
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Prakashchandra C
Bengaluru, India17 contributions
May 2019
Vast and tastefully planned within the city hub is a treat to watch specially for families. Planning a picnic is really worthwhile.
Written September 9, 2019
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Mountain View, CA72 contributions
Sep 2018
This used to be a part of my daily routine last summer and i loved this trail. Mid morning around 10 am is the best time to visit. You can walk all the way till shoreline and then get off route to the smaller trails if you want to add more miles to your walk.
Written August 14, 2019
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Joe C
Boston, MA25 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
Nice running trail that takes you from downtown Mountain View out to the bay. Popular with runners and bikers.
Written January 9, 2016
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15 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
A friend convinced me to walk on this trail with her and I was not dissapointed, there’s a lot of green areas and some bridges that overpass the freeways, there are bathrooms you can use from a sports area next to trail. There is always people around either walking or riding bicycles, there’s too certain place with stairs you can use to exercise up and down
Written December 4, 2019
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