1 day ago

Not too crowded. Very social distancing friendly trail. Great views. Historic place. Hiking trails all around on the way up to the summit. Rating 8/10

2 days ago

Fairly difficult trail run but has some gorgeous views along the way. It’s shaded which is great in hot weather. I’ve did this May 26th and May 14th and neither time had more than 2-3 groups on it. Most of the trail is also pretty easy to stay distant.

I’ve been there yesterday (05/23) and the trail it was 12.8 miles. It’s hard but a good workout.

5 days ago

Wonderful hike! I went on Memorial Day right when the gates opened, so only a limited number of people were there which made it easier to social distance. It took us just under 1.5 hours to get up to the top, and although we didn't do it, you could run back down as the terrain is not too rough. The grade is gentle and gradual for a majority of the trail. Most of the trail is shaded and doesn't feel dry, but do bring a hat for those few sunny spots, especially as you near the peak. A little under half a mile out from the peak, there's a beautiful view of the valley (without any high rises in sight!).

Little, not really many view points. Gravel path. Mountain bikers. Not too high traffic. Ok alternative since Bear Creek was nuts but probably wouldn’t do it again

Not a great hike. Wonderful views- but that’s all it had going for it. It’s straight up and straight down fore road. Decently shaded on the way up, but then allllll sun all the way down. My knees were yelling at me all the way down. For me, this hike went from a 3star to a two because the end of it is ON THE WINDING ROAD NOT AT YOUR CAR. so you have to keep walking down the road with cars wizzing past to get back to where you started. Unsafe for adults, terrifying to do with kids.

no shade
7 days ago

Challenging hike! Come here if you want a real work out and want to burn calories.

Had a great hike! Started around 7:30AM- there were 0 spots left after we parked our car at the parking lot. Mostly shaded first 4 miles and then half shaded the rest of the way up. Starts getting steep after first 4 miles but definitely doable. Once we got to the top we decided to hike more and go along the Kennedy trail for an additional mile before heading back. Took a total of 4 hours and 50 minutes to do a 13.75 mile round trip. Highly recommended!

Mostly shaded first 4 miles, afterwards mostly sunny for the rest of the way up. Would recommend starting early as it gets pretty warm and parking is limited. The lot fits about 12 cards with minimal street parking available. We got there at 725 and the lot filled up right after. Would recommend hike.

Good workout. Pretty views of the valley and reservoir. Gets you breathing but not intense. Short walk on the road back to the parking área.

Nice wide trail with lots of bikers. Parking available on the road to the left as the parking lot fits only 2 or 3 cars. Steep climb and not a lot of shade. Saw 2 deer and lots of humming birds.

10 days ago

Mostly for bikers. The first half is up and shaded then second half is steep down and exposed. Small but adequate parking area on the side of the road. I wouldn’t rate this as my preferred hiking trail but might come here again if I get bored with other routes. The St Joseph’s hill trail a few hundred feet closer to highway 17 was nicer to hike. The wide priest rock trail by which this route descends is very steep. Going all the way up the priest rock trail might be an option for those looking for significant incline

13 days ago

13 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It’s a nice mix of shade and open space. The trail was crowded and it is not very wide which made it difficult to maintain social distancing when passing other hikers. The trail is shared by hikers mountain bikers and horses. The wooded areas are very pretty and you get to cross two bridges. This is a nice family friendly trail.

You’re able to see so much nature on this hike. Deer, butterflies, and lot of nice views. Pretty steep towards the end

14 days ago

Good view crowded at top though

16 days ago

OMG..... I were here on May 12/2020. The weather was so nice, it is the most beautiful spot in the entire valley. The Panoramic view of the BayArea awaits for everyone! Great trails, still very green, very windy at Bald Mountain, But I had 360 degree view, Excellent place to enjoy nature. I would highly recommend this to those who love NATURE.

20 days ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone who lives a moderate hike with some shade. A beautiful trail with great views that is well marked with some decent inclines. Parking is good but fills up quick. it gets warm so try to start earlier in the day and bring plenty of water.

An amazing hike as long as it's not too hot. Limeklin Trail has a lot more shade than does Priest Rock Trail. The peak is not that stunning, but there are great views of San Jose from close to the peak. There's also a great view of Mount Umunhum.

21 days ago

Parking lot reopened. Decent shade throughout.

22 days ago

Watch out for snake!

Really enjoyed this hike. Lots of incline and decline but nothing outrageously steep so it was fun the whole way.

23 days ago

moderate incline for awhile and then it can get steep and rocky, views along the way are nice, but there is not a good vista point at the end. gradual decline at the end.

Hiked part of trail with my dog. Great time. Will come back to do more of the trail.

Bring lots of water. Ants every where so you can't really stop lol besides that it's super challenging on the legs.

25 days ago

Hiking going up. Jogging coming down. Enough shade and sun. Views are amazing.

Beautiful hike near Los Gatos, CA. Steep ascents and descents, and a fair amount of cyclists make it not for the weak. But the somewhat strenuous hike is well worth it for the views of the Santa Clara valley and the Lexington Reservoir. Make sure to bring water, though - the last 2 miles or so have very little shade.

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