Guadalupe River path paves the way to Alviso

Wow, talk about a great ride: be sure you do the Guadalupe River Trail from San Jose to Alviso now that it’s paved the entire way.

I’ve been waiting years to see it happen and today was my chance to do the ride. I started using the river’s unpaved levee in 2006, and watched as short sections were paved, anticipating the big day when it was paved beginning to end — downtown San Jose to Alviso.

Guadalupe River Trail near Hwy 237 is newly paved.

Guadalupe River Trail near Hwy 237 is newly paved.


The paved path runs on the river’s east/north bank starting at the San Jose Airport. I’ve always ridden the path’s western/southern side, which is still open and still dirt.

Lots of people already use the path, which runs under just about every road along the way, the one exception being Airport Parkway where you ride over the bridge to stay on the path.

The only negative that will take some time to fix is that there’s flooding at low spots during heavy rain: Hwy 101, Trimble Road, Montague Expressway, Tasman Drive, Hwy 237.

Signs of the times
You’ll enjoy the interpretive signs as you ride past interesting landmarks. There’s Lupe the Columbian mammoth at Trimble Road. In 2005, Roger Castillo found the juvenile’s bones sticking out of the riverbank. Its remains were exhumed and given to the San Jose Discovery Museum a couple miles away. Also, a ramp was cut at Trimble Road for easy access. It was probably in the plan all along, but when I saw it the ramp hadn’t been added.

I learned a lot at the interpretive sign in front of the airport. Did you know the first flight took place in 1949? Pacific Southwest Airlines carried seven passengers and 2,550 chickens. How times have changed.

I’ll be riding this trail often in the years ahead. Now on to Coyote Creek Trail. Once that’s complete to the Bay, we’ll have a top-notch creek-trail network.

Progress is being made on the San Tomas Aqunio Creek path extension from Cabrillo Avenue to El Camino Real. The concrete barrier is done and the sound walls are about halfway complete. The sign says mid-July for completion.

Lupe the mammoth has an interpretive sign at Trimble Road.

Lupe the mammoth has an interpretive sign at Trimble Road.

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2 Responses to “Guadalupe River path paves the way to Alviso”

  1. ted pauly Says:

    Say Hey Ray. I rode on the River trail yesterday from Alviso to Trimble and really liked it. However, I must say, the San Francisco Bay Trail section from Shoreline to Alviso is simply fantastic too. Great day out there, and you can really cruise on the trail. White pelicans, egrets, herons, and all. Combining these two rides is highly recommeded. One question is this: If somebody were ride on the river trail all the way to downtown san jose, can you think of any route back (other than the river trail itself) that would be worth taking (toward the peninsula) without encountering too much vehicular traffic? Just a thought. Because it’s nice sometimes to return a different way…..
    ted
    mt view

    • Ray Hosler Says:

      Not really. Los Gatos Creek Trail will eventually join Guadalupe River Trail. That goes to Los Gatos. Then you could take San Tomas Aquino Expressway to the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail. It will extend to Stevens Creek, but the alignment is on the west side of the road (separated by a concrete barricade. I’m not crazy about that because how do you deal with the intersections? We’ll have to see how it’s handled.)

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