This time of year is usually VERY wet, and with the rain comes mud and intimidation to try trails that are too rustic. Paved trails to the rescue – all within a stone’s throw of cafes for quick warm-ups if a hike gets a bit damp, and all within urban areas. Our running group trods Stevens Creek Trail weekly which connects to the Bay Trail, which is often paved and flat, running the perimeter of the bay. There’s also Los Gatos Creek Trail, and several other creek-adjacent trails, including this week’s feature. Megan leads hikes along San Tomas Aquino/Saratoga Creek Trail, a popular paved and packed fine gravel trail right along San Tomas Expressway for much of its distance, in the Cupertino/San Jose area. The trail is a gem thanks to Murdock Park, which is an excellent launch point with six playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and plenty of really tall trees. Murdock Park is at the corner of Castle Glen Avenue and Wunderlich Drive in San Jose. We’ll get a further description up soon, but in the meantime, look forward to hiking there with Megan and Vera on Tuesday afternoons at 4 PM – this trail gets hiked at least once every two months.