Have you used the Steven’s Creek Trail to get around lately? It’s more popular than ever. I conducted a very unofficial survey today to find out where 19 different people were going as they passed me on the trail this morning. Here are the results:
- 3 people were going to work at Google
- 1 person was going to Microsoft
- 3 people who work for smaller companies that are located in between Google and Microsoft were on their way to work
- 6 people that work close to the trail were getting some exercise with colleagues
- 4 people with small children were out with their children
- 1 person was going to the library and post office
- 1 person (apparently very confused) told me that he was going to Disneyland
Out of the 19 people that I spoke with, 9 were on bikes, and the rest were on foot.
These results show that the trail is used as a legitimate commute route, much more so today than ever before. The trail has more commuters during the morning and evening commute hours and more recreational users during the middle of the day and on weekends. It has increased traffic right before a concert since it leads right to Shoreline Amphitheater and I think you could probably get places much faster than if you were in a car during evening rush-hour traffic.
The trail is a nice way to go downtown for dinner if you don’t mind a bit of an evening stroll. It doesn’t drop you off downtown, but you would still be fairly close and could easily walk. It’s also a nice way to go to and from the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.
Here’s a link to a map of the trail. If you want to drive to the trail and explore it from the middle, in either direction, I recommend parking at Landels Park and School orCreekside Park. Please notice that I’m referring to all of it as “the trail” but each specific portion of it has a different name and the map has them all listed by name.
Be sure to keep Trail Etiquette in mind as you enjoy the beautiful California scenery and Safety First, so no one gets hurt. Dogs on leash are welcome on the trail. Here’s a calculator that will show you the distance between two points (Mountain View area only) on the trail. Eventually, there will be 500 miles of trail that will run around the entire San Francisco Bay. Here’s more information on that project. Right now, there are 350 miles complete. When finished, it will run through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges.
I feel grateful to live in a community that has such nice weather, year round, that we can enjoy our trails 365 days of the year. I love Mountain View.