The Five Wounds Trail runs from Coyote Creek near I-280 to the iconic Church of Five Wounds on East Santa Clara Street and north across Julian to Highway 101 and Lower Silver Creek, connecting the Coyote Creek and Lower Silver Creek Trails and providing a crucial link in the citywide trail system. Part of the trail—from I-280 to East William Street is already completed.
The 1.5 mile stretch of trail that runs from East William Street to the church on East Santa Clara Street and continues to Highway 101 and Lower Silver Creek—the “upper Five Wounds Trail”—is an abandoned railroad right-of-way currently owned by the Valley Transit Authority.
Friends of the Five Wounds Trail is a group of residents of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhoods and allies, including Save Our Trails, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the San Jose Parks Foundation. The goals of the task force include zoning the railroad right-of-way as parkland/open space, preservation and acquisition of the trail lands and ultimately, development of an urban trail that links San Jose’s creekside trails. We’re working with the city, county and VTA to achieve this and meanwhile, we’re caring for the trail with regular clean-ups and planned adoptions of portions of the trail.
For further information or to join the Friends of Five Wounds Trail email list, contact
• Joan Rivas-Cosby (our chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ralph Portillo (our vice chair) email@example.com or
• Terry Christensen Terry.Christensen@sjsu.edu