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.

STEVEns Creek Trail CLOSURE INFORMATIOn  Trail is open

permanente creek Trail CLOSURE INFORMATIOn Trail is open.


South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Pond Project at Pond A2W - Construction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California State Coastal Conservancy will begin construction of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Pond Project at Pond A2W located immediately north of Shoreline Park and west of Stevens Creek.  Pond A2W will be restored from open-water ponds enclosed by levees to tidal marsh by allowing silt to settle in the pond so marsh plants can establish.  For more information on the project, visit the project webpages at:

Pond A2W Access Route and Material Import and Placement

Daily interruptions and brief closures of public access trail crossings (including a section of the Bay Trail) for delivery of material to Pond A2W will take place between 7:30 A.M and 4 P.M weekdays.

Truck traffic will enter the project area through the City of Mountain View’s Shoreline Park and into Pond A2W. Trucks will be traveling along Amphitheatre Parkway, onto Crittenden Lane, and then through the PG&E property adjacent to Stevens Creek into Shoreline Park on park maintenance levee-top roads. A new temporary access ramp will be built at the northeast limit of Shoreline Park, adjacent to the Bay Trail, for material transport to the project area in Pond A2W. Material will be used for construction access, habitat enhancements and levee fill. All trails will be accessible on weekdays when no hauling or construction is occurring. Temporary signs and flaggers will be placed at the Bay Trail and adjacent to Crittenden Pump Station to manage truck traffic and trail user access. 

When: February 7, 2022, until December 31, 2023

This project will help the implementation of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project’s Phase 2 action at the Alviso-Mountain View Ponds. It will establish an access route and stockpile location for deliveries by haul trucks of fill material for the project construction, including wildlife habitat slopes and islands and for improvements to existing levees.

If you have questions or comments, contact the City at (650) 903-6076.

 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.
  • Do not block the trail. When in a group, never walk more than two abreast.


  • 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 or run 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

(650) 903-6392

(650) 903-6395