Los Gatos Creek Trail

EASY 174 reviews

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.

21 days ago

Wonderful morning workout in peaceful surroundings.

hiking
4 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
5 months ago

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

trail running
6 months ago

Been running this trail for years!

6 months ago

Dry & dusty, lots of bugs.

6 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
6 months ago

9 months ago

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.

road biking
Saturday, June 27, 2015

I like to ride the trailhead and do a 7.4 mile loop around Campbell Park. The trail has a tiny bit of dirt trails off to the side of the paved path, just enough to satisfy my alternative terrain appetite.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nice place for running

cross country skiing
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Good trail for basic hiking

walking
Thursday, October 16, 2014

I went here for a walk/jog. It is a paved trail. Nothing uphill or downhill. Easy trail. No views.

hiking
Thursday, April 24, 2014

This is a great trail with many options and wonderful scenery, parts of the trail are narrow but still a very fun walk or run. Be prepared though, as there are no water fountains, or water sources the entire 6 miles. So if you bring your pet be aware that it can be stressful and harmful to your pet, I have walked my boxer a few times on this trail with no issues, but the one time I tried to run the trail with him I swear he almost died. I had two water camelbacks full of water that I gave him, and my friend also had water for him, but it got too hot and was too long for him. He is a very fit boxer too, we walk at least a mile a day, and run about 2 miles a week on top of that. So just be prepared. Love the hike though!

road biking
Thursday, February 20, 2014

This trail is great for road biking. Get there early to avoid the crowds! It's easy to access from all different places.

hiking
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Very convenient trails. There is a dog park and plenty of water/ponds. Only downside is that it's very close to the highway and there are lots of people. Still fun though :)

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