Running routes are organized by region.

Route descriptions include information about the course including distance, difficulty, condition of path, etc. along with parking, water/restroom locations, and more. For each entry there is a Google Map marking the route, links to maps or trail information, and photos of the course.

After training for several marathons, I've spent a lot of time seeking out, researching, and exploring appropriate places for long training runs. Here I have compiled the details on the most scenic and interesting routes to share with my fellow runners. Enjoy!

Running Places By Region

Stevens Creek Trail

Stevens Creek Trail

Location: South Bay

Summary: This is a paved bike path that extends about 4 miles from Mountain View to the bay. You can run along the levees and the Bay Trail to add distance to the run. There are some neat pedestrian bridges and you go under a few freeways. It's somewhat shaded for the first couple of miles but exposed as you get toward the bay, so wear sunscreen!

Distance: 8 miles (add distance by running north along the bay)

Conditions: Paved path, some dirt shoulder sections.

Profile: Flat. Actually, you start about 100 feet above sea level and turnaround at sea level, so you may notice the slight grade. There's the couple of bridges/overpasses.

Start/Park: Yuba Drive Trailhead just north of El Camino Real in Mountain View (no fee)

Water: There is a water fountain at the trailhead, one at about 2.3 miles, and one at about 3.1 miles. There are also several parks just off the main path that have water and restrooms. Look for the signs.

Breakfast: Hobee's (2312 Central Expressway)