Limekiln Trail to Priest Rock and Kennedy Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Gatos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
One of the best scenic workouts in the Sierra Azul OSP around Los Gatos/San Jose! The Open Space Preserve characterizes Sierra Azul as being rugged with steep terrain in the largest OSP in the San Jose/Los Gatos Area. This particular hike from the Limekiln trail head past the Lexington dam parking lot starts off gradually and continues uphill to the junction of Limekiln with Priest Rock. After the left on Priest Rock the real work begins. The climb becomes increasingly steep all the way to the Kennedy trail junction. The views from this spot are to behold on a clear day with San Francisco to the North to the rolling hills past Gilroy to the South. Enjoy the open space! Keep it clean!
This trail has great views, moderate uphill climb, and plenty of space and shade. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonable amount of effort.
hard indeed! steep climb.
Better not do this with younger kids nor on a hot day.
No need to do this out & back. You can make a loop returning via the lime kiln trail