Countywide Trails Master Plan Map Update Project

Countywide trail in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Project Manager: Rebecca Coates-Maldoon, Countywide Trails Program Manager
Contact: [email protected]


The Countywide Trails Master Plan is an element of the Parks and Recreation Section of the County General Plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1995. The Countywide Trails Master Plan envisions a comprehensive network of regional, sub-regional, and connector trails throughout Santa Clara County. Although responsibility for the actual construction and long-term management of each individual trail varies, the Department provides general oversight and coordination of the overall trails system.

In 2022, the Parks Department began the Countywide Trails Master Plan Map Update planning process. The Countywide Trails Master Plan includes a map and information on conceptual trail routes in Santa Clara County, and the Map Update project focuses on updating these components to reflect current planning and support implementation of the countywide trails network.

Since the Countywide Trails Master Plan was developed in 1995, trail segments have been refined and implemented on the ground, local governments have adopted new trail plans, new public lands have been acquired, mapping and landscape-level understanding of trail feasibility has improved substantially, additional constraints and opportunities have been identified for trail implementation, and potential new trails have been identified that may serve a regional purpose. The proposed Map Update will consider these types of changes while remaining centered around improving regional connectivity and maintaining the core vision of the Countywide Trails Master Plan.


The Countywide Trails Master Plan Map Update project includes trails of countywide significance throughout the entirety of Santa Clara County.

Project Next Steps

County Parks is currently seeking public and stakeholder feedback on conceptual changes to the Countywide Trails Master Plan Map and trail prioritization. Additional public outreach will occur in late spring/early summer 2023. The Map Update is anticipated to be considered for adoption by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in late summer/fall 2023.

Visit this web page for project updates and meeting notifications, or email [email protected] to be added to the project mailing list.

Project Files and Resources

Public Input Opportunities

Countywide Trails Map Update Online Input

Please provide feedback by April 30, 2023.

Public Meetings

County Meetings

County Parks will be holding meetings to receive public and stakeholder feedback on the draft Map Update project. The in-person (3/22) and virtual (3/29) public meetings will provide a longer format for more in-depth feedback, while Commission and advisory board presentations are typically shorter. Note: all meetings and presentations will cover the same general information about the Map Update Project.

Date County Meeting Location Meeting Materials (linked when available)

Wednesday 3/22/23

6:00-8:00 p.m.

In Person

Countywide Trails Map Update Public Meeting

County Parks Administration

5965 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose CA 95138


Wednesday 3/29/23

6:00-7:30 p.m.


Countywide Trails Map Update Public Meeting


Zoom link to be provided here in advance of the meeting


Wednesday 4/5/23

6:30 p.m.

In Person

Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission

Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium

County Government Center

70 W. Hedding Street, 1st Floor, San Jose CA 94110


Informational Presentations

County Parks staff will be presenting the Map Update Project to the following Commissions and advisory boards as an informational item. Members of the public are welcome to attend and provide input, consistent with the guidelines for each local jurisdiction's public meetings. Please verify meeting agendas and details (including location) via Commission and advisory board websites.

Date City Meeting Meeting Materials (linked when available)

Monday 2/27/23

6:30 p.m.


Town of Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee Presentation

Wednesday 3/15/23

7:00 p.m.

Virtual (In Person Option)

City of Cupertino Bicycle Pedestrian Commission Presentation

Thursday 3/16/23

5:00 p.m.


City of Campbell Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Presentation

Tuesday 3/21/23

7:00 p.m.

In Person

City of Morgan Hill Parks and Recreation Commission Presentation

Monday 3/27/23

4:00 p.m.

In Person

City of Santa Clara Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee  

Monday 3/27/23

6:15 p.m.

In Person

City of San Jose Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee  

Tuesday 4/4/23

6:00 p.m.

In Person

City of Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee  

Wednesday 4/12/23

6:30 p.m.

Virtual (In Person Option)

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committe  

Thursday 4/13/23

(Date Change)

7:30 a.m.

In Person

Town of Los Gatos Complete Streets and Transportation Commission  

Tuesday 4/18/23

4:00 p.m.

Virtual (In Person Option)

City of Saratoga Pedestrian, Equestrian & Bicycle Trails Advisory Committee  

Thursday 4/20/23

10:00 a.m.


City of Palo Alto City/School Transportation Safety Committee  

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in a County meeting for this project, please contact the County Parks Department at [email protected] or (408) 355-2215. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Department to make reasonable arrangements to ensure meeting accessibility. 

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