Kennedy-Limeklin Area

HARD 26 reviews

Kennedy-Limeklin Area is a 11.8 mile out and back trail located near Los Gatos, California. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2896 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

walking

36 minutes ago

Beautiful hike. Some of the best views of the South Bay Area along this hike. It starts trading off between up hill and down hill and then gets quite steep for most of the hike. It is about 4mi from the Kennedy Rd trailhead to where it meets the Limeklin trail, which can take you to Lexington if you go right or if you stay left you can connect all the way to the Mockingbird parking lot in Quicksilver.

6 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Open trail, not much shade towards the end. But a good workout for your legs.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views, and road condition after recent rains made it quite nice!

hiking
4 months ago

Anyone who says there are only occasional views should be commended since they've obviously hiked this challenging trail with their eyes closed. Views of the valley sweep from deep Almaden to downtown San Jose, culminating in Los Gatos (if taking the trail from Kennedy Road). When you don't see the stunning views of the valley, there is plenty of opportunity to gaze at forests and hills.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunglasses because the constant uphill grade will wear on you, but it's totally worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Big wide fire road with occasional views.nit bad, but not interesting either.

5 months ago

5 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

(This has a happy ending) The trail is rough-hewn (rocks sharp enough to be felt through boots) and wide (rare shade, bring EXTRA water). Summit has one "up & down" after another, which was irritating in both directions. The views are rare. But...
...when you do get a view, it's stunning.
...trail runner I met said if you can dodge the rocks (and are in ridiculous shape), it's a great, solitary run.
...mountains bikers paradise (well, almost - needs more shade).
...horseback riding looks nice (but for the sake of the horses, ensure they're well shod).

11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This is probably the best trail in the Southbay for preparing for harder hikes like Halfdome or Mt Whitney. A full Kennedy-Limekiln-Priestrock-Kennedy loop will be over 14 miles with more than 3500 cumulative elevation gain. I have done the entire trail along with the interconnected Priestrock and Limekiln trails at different times. I have been doing the Kennedy (till the Priestrock intersection) almost every week since last November (in preparation for a Grand Canyon Rim to River hike and a Halfdome hike I'm planning this May-June). Hoping to incorporate parts of the Kennedy-Limekiln-Priestrock loop in the coming weeks.

hiking
Thursday, October 15, 2015

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tuesday, July 22, 2014