Los Gatos Creek Trail

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Los Gatos Creek Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
511 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A great West Valley paved path/trail for biking, mountain biking, jogging, and birding. A good starting point from Campbell Park the paved trail extends through Vasona Park, Downtown Los Gatos, and on to Lexington Reservoir and more challenging dirt road mountain bike climbs. Los Gatos Creek and ponds along the way offer good birding opportunities. The paved path makes a 2 mile loop from Campbell park to a pedestrian bridge at San Thomas Expressway. The east side of the loop has a 1 mile single track trail good for a quick mountain bike ride any time of the year.

hiking
2 days 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
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

girls loved it

trail running
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Wonderful morning workout in peaceful surroundings.

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

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

trail running
10 months ago

Been running this trail for years!

10 months ago

Dry & dusty, lots of bugs.

10 months ago

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
10 months ago

Friday, July 07, 2017

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

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!

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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

This was a great hike but I wouldn't classify it as easy if you do the full loop. There are a lot of hills but beginning and end are flat. Bring water. Also make sure you have the trail map open because there are numerous forks in the trail. Good workout though!!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Easy and flat

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Pretty decent trail

trail running
Saturday, March 12, 2016

It's more like a 3 star run, but it's a great cardio blast and easily accessible. If you run the loop counterclockwise , take the tenth of a mile short cut at the top and double back to the left (I think it's called two brothers trail). This adds one mile, but it's less steep and easier on the knees. If you start at Balzer Field in LG you get a nice warm up, and parking is easy.

trail running
Friday, January 01, 2016

Good everyday run with the dog.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quite urban! Can't add much to what's already been written here. I'll be back for a great run or close, easy hike, but will look elsewhere for outstanding nature vistas.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

This is my favorite go to trail. It is nearby and a mix of shade and sun. I've taken many people up this trail.

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