Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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

Wonderful morning workout in peaceful surroundings.

3 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.

4 months ago

Suround sound from the highway below takes the charm away.

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

5 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

6 months ago

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

trail running
7 months ago

Been running this trail for years!

Dry & dusty, lots of bugs.

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
7 months ago

10 months ago

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

Beautiful hike through trees and creek.
Reaches reservoir with wonderful views.

on Flume Trail

10 months ago

Took Jones trail to Flume trail and I did not once come across a river like the pictures someone posted. It was dry and pretty much the exact same as Jones trail, except Flume is right next to highway 17, so you don't feel like you've really gotten away from the rush of city life because you can hear the cars whizzing by.

on Jones Trail

10 months ago

It was fairly steep up hill for the majority of the hike, I went up Jones trail to Flume trail and all the way up to the Monte Vista Hill view point. Which, really isn't much of a view point unless you enjoy a view of the city. There were many manzanita bushes, and there are plants that seed in pods and it was so hot that you could hear them popping open! That was definitely an interesting thing to hear while hiking, there are golden poppies and some little purple flowers along the trail but mostly it's just manzanita bushes.

10 months ago

Short ~3mi hike. Moderately steep- so great for weekend 50min fitness while getting sun hiking wearing shorts and tank top.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jones trail to hill top and back
Around 5 miles

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Beautiful and easy hike with a couple steep sections.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Good for flat runs, though not much shade on hit days!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice little hike. A good climb, hard enough to be a good workout but not so hard that you feel like your dying. We went on a cold morning which was perfect for the big climb. A little noisy at the beginning. Really nice view at the top if you detour off of Jones trail up to the top of the hill.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

I love hiking and I love challenges but man this one pushed me. It was about 99* this day and we each had 2 liters of water. It's a very steep hill almost a fire trail road. We didn't have enough water for the walk back up. We made it to the top and just laid on the trunk of the car because that was shaded.
At the bottom was a beautiful river. Too strong of a current to swim in but we waded. There was a rafting company running the river so added bonus. I would suggest packing snacks for a picnic at the bottom. The walk up seriously was killer.

Friday, November 25, 2016

This is a very nice and pretty trail. It's an easy walk/hike and yet gets your heart rate up in some areas. There are few spots with a nice view. It's very close to downtown LG which makes it very convenient.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Short but great hike. Steady incline in the beginning and end. Half shaded half sunny.

Monday, September 19, 2016

late afternoon around 5 pm was mostly shaded. sounds of the rushing water was very pleasant in Los Gatos creek. unfortunately, noise from adjacent highway 17 can be heard for much of the trail.

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's beautiful, and yes populated.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Okay for kids and exercise

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

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