As described by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: "Overlooking the town of Los Gatos and the south bay, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is the District's largest preserve, encompassing over 17,000 acres of mostly rugged and steep terrain. The environment of Sierra Azul is strikingly varied. One can visit serpentine grasslands, hard, rocky, and steep chaparral, dense stands of bay trees, or quiet, shaded oak woodland forests. For the more hardy explorers, there are deep ravines and riparian corridors, some containing seasonal or year-round water flow. Wildlife is abundant in Sierra Azul. The entire Preserve is prime mountain lion habitat and also provides homes for deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many other species of animals. Sierra Azul ("Blue Range") is a true wilderness area, yet surprisingly close to the urban areas of the South Bay, making it a popular destination."

mountain biking
10 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail, however I would say it's a little harder than moderate. It's completely uphill for about 2.5 miles until the trails diverge. It's a great hike and an awesome workout, but be prepared for a serious incline.

Also, while I was hiking my car window got smashed and my purse was stolen from my backseat. So if you're in this area be sure to lock up your belongings so they are out of sight completely. My windows are even tinted so it's hard to see in my car at all, but the thief was persistent. Would definitely go back despite the theft, but would leave everything I wasn't hiking with at home.

Great hike for a couple or a family. The trail is easily marked, kid and dog friendly, and the majority of the trail is shaded. There are multiple hills on this hike (nothing too drastic) and the views are ah-mazing!! I went on this hike with a gentleman who knew the area which was perfect because he was able to show and explain to me the various landmarks. As a heads up, mountain bikers and runners also use this trail but they were very respectful and friendly. I will definitely be coming back and hiking this trail, and the other trails nearby, in the future!!

This is a great trail to get some mileage in with lots of hills. I started late in the morning so it became extra toasty at the top so best to remember to bring plenty of water if you will be in the hotter hours of the day. There were great views and wide trails that were well marked. I would go again.

We didn't finish the whole trail and we stopped at the intersection of the two trails.

Pro:
- A lot of shades
- Beautiful views. you can see San Jose downtown if the weather is clear

cons:
- hard trail. it's steep from the very beginning.
- not easy to find a parking. there is a parking lot (you can find it on the preserve's website) but it's a little far away from the trailhead.