Lexington Reservoir Trail is a 5 mile loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,204 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

This loop trail explores the west side of the Lexington Reservoir and is a great option for the entire family. This trail is multi-use, and can be steep in sections. Take the Limekiln trail to the junction of Priest Rock Trail. Return via the Priest Rock trail. Walk along the shore line to return. The loop can be done in either direction.

hiking
6 days ago

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

hiking
7 days ago

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.

hiking
9 days ago

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.

hiking
11 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

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muddy
13 days ago

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rocky
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.

hiking
27 days ago

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.

hiking
29 days ago

Steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Many people were not socially distancing well on this trail 4/25/2020. This hike provides good elevation gains and drops but wasn’t much to look at. At one point I did see a narrow trail on the other side of the water from the almost full sun and dusty fire road that I was on and that it likely much more scenic. If I go again it will be because of convenience. It is probably more fun to bike than walk this path. Lots of bicyclists. There is very little shade.

hiking
2 months ago

Some steep areas!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Ok trail. Calf burner. Views aren’t as special as I’d hoped but not bad. Poison oak. Gravel bike fire roads.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail - heads up there are a lot of ticks even in the early spring. My dog got three during the last half

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

running
4 months ago

Good hill run. Go clockwise as the uphills are more gradual that way. First mile is just a slight incline following the creek and is nicely shaded. At around mile one the gradient picks up and it’s a good workout, still in shade. You top out at mile 2.5 and run along the summit on a fire road. There are some steep downs and nice views. You drop down to the road about 1/3 of a mile from where you parked, so it’s a leisurely trot back to the car. It’s good for dogs too, it watch for mountain bikers if you have your dog off leash. It gets pretty hot on summer days but the first half is under shade.

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muddy
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely take the trail clockwise! Middle 1/3 of trail is exposed fire road - boring! Late 1/3 of trail dotted with views of Lexington reservoir! Not crowded at all. Went at 1:30 on a Sunday! Good quick cardio and nice close trail to Silly Valley. Enjoy!

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rocky
6 months ago

Parking is alongside the road; when I arrived around 10:45 am on a Sunday, there were a few spots open. This trail is dog-friendly but sadly, most of the people I saw with dogs had them off-leash, which is not permitted. It was moderately trafficked closer to trailhead and lightly trafficked further in. Limekiln trail seems popular with mountain bikers. As another recent review mentions, the last 0.4 miles you are walking along the road, which is winding and without a berm in many spots. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have small kids. Finally, I use Runkeeper to track my mileage and it put this hike at around 4.85 miles.

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bugs
scramble
7 months ago

Heavily shaded in most spots. Views are infrequent and often overgrown, and trail can be a bit of a scramble with scree in sections. Good for doggos.

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rocky
7 months ago

Nice, solitary hike. The up (either direction) is not bad, plenty of shade when I went in early October. Bring water and bug spray.

hiking
7 months ago

not kids friendly in my opinion. other than that, lovely. plenty of shade, wide trail, not crowded.

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blowdown
7 months ago

My dog & I enjoyed this trail. I went at 230 on a tuesday & only saw one biker & one other hiker. There is poison oak on the side but the trail is plenty wide& it's easy to avoid. Went clockwise & there was plenty of shade going up. Some nice views but mostly just peaceful on the trail. There was a tree down towards the end that we had to make our way thru, but it was doable. Theres about 1/4 mile of walking on the road to get back to the trail, but luckily the road was very lightly trafficked. My dog loved it.

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bugs
rocky
8 months ago

Frist two miles are all up hill.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked in both June and August. June was better with wildflowers and butterflies. August had too many bugs to truly enjoy.

hiking
9 months ago

So amazing!!! 1000 ft elevation and just great!!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate intensity, easily accessible and clear trail, plenty of shade, several mountain bikers but not too many other hikers on a Sat AM, limited parking, a bit cold and windy, fairly scenic.

Limekiln was mostly shaded up until it meets with priests rock. Taking priests rock down is mostly open and downhill. Views are ok but there aren’t a ton of clear overlooks. Saw plenty of wildlife just be careful of bikers on the trail. If you take priests rock back and park by the limekiln trailhead you’ll need to walk on the road back which has a small shoulder and not much space beside the road to walk. Overall a decent hike.

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