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Best Trails near Los Gatos, California

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on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
4 days ago

backpacking

Beautiful views and decent camp (Castle Rock Trail Camp). Bring bug spray in the summer!

on Los Gatos Creek Trail
6 days ago

It's beautiful, and yes populated.

on Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail
12 days ago

What a beautiful and amazing trail.

on Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail
12 days ago

My 11-year-old son and I did this trail in a July and it was really awesome. We actually picked up the trail inside a big basin state park near the headquarters. The first day we did a 5 mile day-hike and then stayed the night at Jay camp primitive campsite.

The next day we set out for the Sunset Trail Camp via Berry Creek Falls, Silver Falls, the cascades, and golden Falls. What an awesome trip that was. The first few Miles were mostly uphill but then there was a nice downhill stretch before reaching Berry Creek Falls. Then a up again the the Sunset camp.

The last day we headed down to Waddell beach and took the hikers-only trail near the end. It was really great.

Overall this trail is ranked as Hard, but my son handled it well with sizable pack. Our route was just at 20 miles total. The scenery was beautiful and the trails were well marked. For us, this was a great trip... Off the grid but close enough to civilization that I felt pretty safe with the kiddo out there. It was a very memorable experience and we both LOVED it.

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
13 days ago

Gosh rock is one of my favorite trails in the bay

on Los Gatos Creek Trail
13 days ago

Okay for kids and exercise

on Bear Creek Redwood Open Space
17 days ago

hiking

For the permit
http://www.openspace.org/visit-a-preserve/permits/general-access-permits

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
17 days ago

hiking

First thing you should do is get a map and check it before following a trail post. We made a wrong turn and underestimated a certain pass and add another 2 miles uphill to our hike (which honestly was worth it cause if the views). There's no watering points so bring a little extra water unless you go early, but either way it's fairly shaded.
Overall this is a perfect moderately challenging (depending on route) hike. You can make it longer and more challenging by taking different trails that branch off these trails. The views from goat rock were incredible. The views at the waterfall were meh. Mostly cause the water is down right now so it's basically just a trickle. Not too paved so it feels more natural. And there is wildlife like deer and birds. However, there's a gun club that's active on the weekends and that's annoying for a mile but the sound wore off soon after.
Enjoy this hike, it's really on of the better trails in NorCal!

on Los Gatos Creek Trail
28 days ago

hiking

Pros: A pretty decent amount of shade, and a good offshoot option to add to the hike. It's also nice and accessible within the area where I live, so I do this one about once a week if I can't try someplace new. If you start by going up the hill, there's actually a good amount of flat, slight incline, and steep incline. It also allows dogs (leashed) so it's fun to see their happy, derpy faces while you're sweatin'.

Cons: It is very heavily trafficked. Probably because it's in the heart of Los Gatos. Everyone is pretty friendly and are generally aware of their surroundings though.

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
29 days ago

hiking

Pros: Most of the trail is shaded, there are some awesome views along the ridge, camping and rock climbing

Cons: The mid point of the loop is at a lower elevation, so no matter which way you go, you're going uphill on return. (I suggest going clockwise as the incline is more gradual).

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
1 month ago

hiking

Left early, 35 minute drive from San Mateo. Arrived at roughly 8:45 AM on a Sunday. There's only one lot you have to pay admission for; if you arrive early enough, you can find parking on a public lot or road. If you're an intermediate or advanced hiker with experience, I recommend heading out as soon as the park opens up (8:00 AM) to avoid the crowd. Gets packed extremely quickly.

The trail is in no way difficult if you're accustomed to some rock ascents. There are footholds and clearly predominant ways over the rocks due to the high traffic this trail receives. Regardless of age or experience, I recommend bringing a hiking pole to latch onto the next foothold heading up the rocks. That said, roughly 90% of the trail is on loose ground (dirt) as opposed to hard, solid rocks.

This hike should be rated as easy. 5.5 miles, 800 feet of elevation gain can be done in about an hour 30, my father and I were able to do it in an hour 40 with breaks. Great place to bring your children, but I wouldn't suggest letting them go on the lower Saratoga gap trail- it's narrow and there's a steep descent to your right at most times. There's no danger if you're an experienced hiker or cautious. There is, however, a risk that your child may slip and fall.

Don't horseback on the Saratoga gap trail, either. Only 20-25% of the trail is wide enough and safe enough for your horse. Mountain biking is permitted, but it's not a great idea unless you have great experience and above-ample control of your bike.

The waterfall is still active, even in July, but it's a narrow stream at this point. Do not venture here if you're only interested in the waterfall. While most creeks are dry, there is one passing by the waterfall where you let water trickle into your bottle if necessary.

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
1 month ago

hiking

Difficult given its duration but great!

on Jones Trail
1 month ago

This is a great exercise hike! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because you see and hear cars on 17 too much in the beginning and end of the trail. But once you're far enough away from the sound, it's a peaceful, enjoyable experience.

on Vista to Valley View to S...
1 month ago

hiking

Nice short hike that's close to town and just hard enough to feel like you accomplished something. Plus, there's a great view at the top!

on Los Gatos Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Flume trail portion is a nice mixture of ups and downs under healthy foliage. Reverse side/Los Gatos Creek Trail just runs next to a water pipe and the 17 so not as nice though otherwise a good path to rest/recover on the way back.

on Los Gatos Creek Trail
1 month ago

hiking

This was a great hike but I wouldn't classify it as easy if you do the full loop. There are a lot of hills but beginning and end are flat. Bring water. Also make sure you have the trail map open because there are numerous forks in the trail. Good workout though!!

on Castle Rock and Goat Rock...
1 month ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Definite recommendation!!