Plus, Hobee's to close its original location.
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Today’s Forecast

62º | Partly cloudy morning becomes a mostly cloudy afternoon with a chance of occasional rain | 33% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:08 a.m. | Sunset: 4:49 p.m.

It’s adventure time
Sierra Vista Feature
The SIerra Vista Open Space Preserve links to many regional and city trails in San Jose. | Photo via @biaobobo
From quick and easy loops around town to drives that take you to fantastic views of the greater Bay Area, our city has so many options to hit the trail. So lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a hiking guide for the San Jose area with 15 routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure and experience breathtaking views.

Note: While parks and trails may be listed as open, we recommend checking park websites before visiting for further info, current trail conditions, and safest practices for the area.

Key: Easy = 🥾| Moderate = 🥾🥾 | Hard = 🥾🥾🥾

A hiker looks through a viewscope after hiking up Eagle Rock.

Eagle Rock is one of the easier viewpoints to reach in Alum Rock Park.


Photo by SJtoday staff

East SJ + Milpitas

Eagle Rock Trail, Alum Rock Park
  • Difficulty: 🥾
  • Length: 2.7 mile loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: Portions
  • Pet-friendly: No
This easy and quiet loop offers quick views of San Jose. Pro tip: Bring $6 for parking and leave your furry friend at home.

North Rim to Boccardo Trail, Alum Rock Park + Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 8.2 mile loop (1,587 ft elevation gain)
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
Passing through farmland, this trail promises sightings of exotic wildlife, like cows + horses. Note that this trail is unshaded and does not allow dogs. Pro tip: Mountain biking enthusiasts, this is the trail for you.

A view from hiking to the top of Mount Umunhum, with a large, square building overlooking the South Bay.

This decommissioned Cold War-era radar tower (“The Cube”) is a local landmark on Mt. Umunhum.


Photo via @texasremindsme

South SJ

Coyote Peak and Ridge Trail, Santa Teresa County Park
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 3.8-mile loop (711 ft elevation gain)
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leash required
While this trail doesn’t offer much in the way of shade and is challenging for bikers, don’t skip the peak — the views are worth it.

Mount Umunhum, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 7.7 miles out and back (1,187 ft elevation gain)
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
This popular trail offers plenty of shade, valley views, and a sight of The Cube. Dogs are not allowed on this trail, and watch out for poison oak among the dense shrubbery.
What is most important to you when choosing a hike?

A. Level of difficulty
B. Time to complete/number of miles
C. Unmatched views
D. It’s all about the hiking location
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Prism Party | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 9-11:30 p.m. | 386 Lounge, 386 S. First St., San Jose | $5-$10 | The newest drag show in San Jose brings a rotating lineup of the Bay Area’s up-and-coming drag artists.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Grupo Frontera & Luis R. Conriquez | Friday, Nov. 17 | 8 p.m. | SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose | $59.50-$249.50 | Formed just a little over a year ago, this Musica Mexicana group has risen to fame with three songs on Billboard 100, including their collaboration with Bad Bunny in “un x100to.”
  • Ken’s Mojo Dojo Casa Rave | Friday, Nov. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St., San Jose | $16-$20 | Dance the night away to music that will make you feel just Kenough.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Now That’s RnB Brunch | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mama Kin, 374 S. First St., San Jose | Free | Enjoy your favorite rap, hip-hop, and classic hits while enjoying Cajun Creole breakfast from Chef Gator.
  • KixCon 2 | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Center Court at Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose | Free | This edition of KixCon celebrated the birth of hip-hop with dance battles, live painting with 1Culture, and of course, local streetwear pop-ups.
  • Gabriel Iglesias: Don’t Worry Be Fluffy | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 p.m. | SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose | $59.50-$89.50 | This comedian + actor has starred in “Magic Mike” and “A Haunted House,” and voiced characters in “Coco” and “The Book of Life.”
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News Notes
  • Hobee’s will close its original location in Mountain View on Sunday, Nov. 26. The decision was made due to “sluggish post-pandemic weekday sales [and] the aging facility.” No worries though — the owners plan to open a new eatery + beer garden concept in downtown SJ’s Germania Hall soon. (The Mercury News)
  • The Golden State’s newest pro-women’s soccer team, Bay FC, has acquired the first player on its roster — 24-year-old Alex Loera, the former captain for Santa Clara University women’s soccer team. For the first season, the team will train at SJSU + play at PayPal Park. (East Bay Times)
Coming Soon
  • A local Redditor spotted a sign on the now-shuttered JT Express in Japantown — and it suggests that a Spread deli will move in to the location. It previously operated out of its sister restaurant, Jtown Pizza, right around the corner. The opening date is unclear.
  • Bay Area radio station Alice 97.3 announced that its popular holiday show, Alice in Winterland, has been canceled. There was no reason given for the cancellation, but it was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, at SAP Center. Refunds will be provided from the original place of purchase. (The Mercury News)
  • Fly simple. San Jose Mineta Airport was ranked the No. 1 mid-sized airport in the US, based on reliability, value, and convenience. The top 10 included Sacramento International Airport (No. 3), Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (No. 7), and Oakland International Airport (No. 8). (The Mercury News)
  • 100 out of 100. That’s San Jose’s score for the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. In case you missed it, that’s the same score as last year.
Real Estate
  • Santa Clara County was ranked the No. 2 most expensive county in the US to buy a home, according to a recent report by PropertyShark. The most expensive ZIP codes include Los Altos, Saratoga, Palo Alto, and Los Gatos. (San José Spotlight/PropertyShark)
Plan Ahead
👀 Keep your eyes on the sky
A golden eagle soars through the sky.
Look up, and you may catch some beautiful birds flying overhead. | Photo via Open Space Authority by David Mauk
Did you know that November is migration season for raptors? You may spot various birds of prey while out on your hiking adventures.

Here are some of the species that the Open Space Authority says to look out for:

🦅 Golden eagle
As lovers of grasslands + woodlands, these birds can be spotted at Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve.

🦅 Peregrine falcon
These California natives adapt well to urban environments (sound familiar?), and are the fastest animals on earth — flying up to 240 mph.

🦅 Prairie falcon
Spotted on the grasslands of Máyyan ‘Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge, these birds can be identified by the brown markings on their backs + top of wings.

There are nine more species you can spot soaring through our regionsend us a picture of your sighting for a chance to be featured in a future newsletter.
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