Explore the most popular birding trails in St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

21 days ago

Did part of this with another trail. Very nice views of the Santa Cruz Mnt foothills

Mostly shaded, some sunny spots, decent elevation. Great afternoon hike that loops through downtown Los Gatos and the St. Joseph Open Space Preserved close to Lexington Reservoir.

walking
23 days ago

It was a great walk with the dog. Up and back nice open trail-

Not a bad hike but a lot of mountain bikers flying along pretty fast...won’t bother doing it again.

hiking
2 months ago

We went there with our dog. It was pretty difficult for us... first part of the trail without shade, so it was very hot, also was very noisy since you walk near the road. The second part was more shady (we also saw a snack). Next to the creek it’s really nice and there are some places where you can get closer and get inside the creek. Overall it was nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for the first half until you meet Jones Trail. The trail beyond there is marked (private) on the map and is fenced off and not accessible.

This is one of my favorite trails! It is just the right length and intensity to make you feel like you had a decent work out when you do not have a lot of time. Compared to many of the other trails in the area, there is enough tree cover to give periodic respite from the sun. The east side of the hill offers more shade than the west. At the top of the hill there are great views and often refreshing breezes.
Many people hike, trail run, and mountain bike this trail.

Nice hike, not too strenuous — a fun Sunday morning activity

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. You do hear the highway, but it's not bad, I wouldn't let that deter you. cool views and there are multiple trails connected of you want to go further.

Well I’m a newbie to hiking-this was not easy for me, but I’ve done it three times and am getting faster-lots if uphill but a great hike

walking
3 months ago

girls loved it

Really nice hike, a decent amount of people hiking and biking for a holiday. Little shade.

trail running
3 months ago

Not trail running per se, but I would run the entire length of LGCT to it’s termination at Meridian Ave in San Jose, a round trip of 18 miles, as part of a marathon training. It was perfect.

Once you get past the first “big climb” the rest is pretty easy. Great views of Lexington and if you make it to the Hilltop Vista - a great view of Santa Clara County. Clean trails, friendly people.

Very nice place and you can do it on a lunch break. Very good view

4 months ago

loved it for a quick little HIIT workout

hiking
6 months ago

Great all-around, easy trail that provides easy access to services should the need arise.

Wonderful morning workout in peaceful surroundings.

Great views and worth the elevation

hiking
8 months ago

Nice somewhat busy but wide trail that ends with a nice view. The highway below was not problematic to me at all and street parking was easy to find on a weekend afternoon.

9 months ago

Suround sound from the highway below takes the charm away.

10 months ago

Lots of car noise from the freeway, exposed the entire time. Beautiful chain link fence with barbed wire along most of trail. Won’t do again

hiking
10 months ago

this is a very easy trail with plenty to see, it's great for a quick hike. it's not very secluded but great if you're bringing your dog

walking
11 months ago

Great and beautiful. Kid and dog friendly. Beautiful scenery.

trail running
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Been running this trail for years!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Dry & dusty, lots of bugs.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Did this in early October. Trail was Very dry & dusty, lots of bugs. The good part is that it's close to town and very easily accessible.

trail running
Friday, October 06, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

False representations of photos showing river/ water. There is no water on this trail.

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