Three Creeks Trail

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The Three Creeks Trail is a 0.9-mile (1.5 km) pedestrian and bicycle trail that runs through the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose, California, from Los Gatos Creek by Lonus Street to the Guadalupe River, as the western alignment.[1] An eastern alignment extends the trail to Coyote Creek.

The trail is unusual in that it does not run alongside a creek but instead crosses creeks.


The trail was previously a Union Pacific railway line as part of the Willow Glen Spur of the San Jose Branch line.[2] A trestle bridge, the Willow Glen Trestle, was built in 1921 and crossed the Los Gatos Creek near Lonus Street.[3] A train used to travel to and from a cannery. The tracks were abandoned by the early part of 2000s decade.

As of 2013 the trail was under development. Most of the western alignment was usable although mainly as dirt track.

In June 2017 construction began on the section between Coe Avenue and Minnesota Avenue.

The route[edit]

The trail crosses or accesses the following roads.

Diagrammatic map of Three Creeks Trail western alignment, San Jose, California
  • Lonus Street
  • Coe Avenue
  • Leona Court, as access
  • Broadway Avenue
  • Willow Street, near the Bird Avenue intersection
  • Bird Avenue
  • Dorothy Avenue, as access
  • Delmas Avenue and Milton Way, as access
  • Minnesota Avenue
  • Falcon Place passing Kyva Park


  1. ^ "Three Creeks (was Willow Glen Spur)". Trail Systems. City of San Jose. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  2. ^ "Abandoned Rails of San Jose". Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. ^ Leeta-Rose Ballester (June 13, 2014). "Friends of the Trestle get demolition reprieve". Retrieved 2014-07-05.