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Los Gatos Creek Trail to Saint Josephs Hill

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St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve

Los Gatos Creek Trail to Saint Josephs Hill is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 984 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers
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    37.20326, -121.96803

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Yosef Platt
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Running

I was running and I got a bit lost my first time up here. Just made a few wrong turns and added .5 miles to the trail. It was very nice! Pretty quiet; only saw 10-15 people. It was a Monday morning at 11am though. Well kept trails and for the most part, well marked. Very fun down hill as well!

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Mohammed Shafiur Rahman
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Hiking

This trail was my worst experience. I thought it’ll be easier for to hike on a trail nearby, but not my best decision. Nobody on this trail was following the social distancing protocol. I was very close to ask one of them, if they even know about COVID-19. Really disappointed. Besides that the trail is not at all peaceful. It runs along side a busy road. Most of the trail is not covered, so on a hot summer day, this trail could be avoided.

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Nicole Laprise
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Hiking

Hiked counterclockwise and it took me about 2 hours. The first mile or so is flat and was very busy. Some areas of shade on the trail but can get hot. I parked downtown (2 hour street parking except Sundays and holidays.) Additional parking at Lexington Reservoir County park for $6 with porta potty's (free now due to COVID.) Also another entrance by Jones Road. It was an okay hike and very convenient to downtown Los Gatos. A good opportunity to pair a workout with shopping/dining. Otherwise, there is nothing special about this hike and I would skip it.

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Chau Nguyen
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Hiking

I usually only hike once a week and this trail was good. Plenty of shade throughout the hike. Not really a view at the top so looking around when you’re heading up or find off trail to get a better view.

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Kira White
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Hiking

The inside loop is nice, but the counter clockwise hike is right on Highway 17. You can hear the traffic from the both areas. Not my favorite thing. But getting to Lexington Reservoir feels like a big accomplishment on this trail. There are a lot of people on the trail. There is shade and forest shading and a creek.

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Andrew Murray
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HikingRocky

Great hike.

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Liliana Amaro
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It’s rocky, but it has its beauty, I really liked it. Tons of people and most wearing masks.

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Ran Oren
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HikingNo shade

4 stars due to: Noise from the closed to the trail highway, not clean at the area near the creek 5 stars could be given due to: views. flowers, the lake, trail maintenance Tips: lack of space at the parking lot, but there is enough space at the upper streets during weekend. Shadow is around 15% and may be challenging during hot days. Most of trail suitable for bikes and busy, so up to your consideration. Personal KPIs :-): Collected garbage along the route - 2 bags (1 bag = 1 gallon, UCL: 1, UDL: 2, Target: 0)

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Amir Khalili
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Hiking

You can hear cars passing highway 17 all the way on the rout. I don’t recommend for calm hike in the nature.

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Michelle Van Aken
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A perfect place for a quick hike. There are a few good views and it is a little crowded and a lot of cyclist, but overall it's a great workout up and a pleasant stroll downhill.

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Kaela Son
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Ketaki Borade
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Jia Zhang
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Hiking

straightforward up then down, more friendly incline for clockwise. narrow somewhere for letting runners/bikers pass by, very convenient traffic, good location right by downtown

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Omar Azzam
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Aaron Freyer
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HikingRocky

Nice trail with plenty of people. Saw one rattlesnake.

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Martin H
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Hiking

Well maintained and relatively busy trail. Mountain lion territory with latest sighting Aug 9. Moderate difficulty during a few steeper bits. Lots of runners and bikers. Close to a motorway for a while. About 20% shade, most of it on the (counter clockwise) return stretch. Mornings are likely to have clouds, though. The 4 stars are for the loop at the hill top with nice views and moderate difficulty.

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Mike Robinson
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Emily McKaig
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HikingRocky

Good workout. Very close to the highway and lots of people on the trail. One or two nice views.

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Pavel Krotkov
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Probably good for hiking, but for mountain biking there are extremely hard and dangerous parts on the way back from the hill, specifically the Flume trail part alongside the creek. I’d recommend taking Los Gatos creek trail on the way back, too, instead of doing the loop. Pretty good and moderately challenging climb otherwise.

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Jorge Mayoral
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Danielle Pickard
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Hiking

I’m not a fan of the trail alongside the noisy highway. Other than that it was an easy 6 miles with an enjoyable view

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Shannon Hong
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Nice hike, not too strenuous — a fun Sunday morning activity

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Kip Bautista
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Kip Bautista
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Kip Bautista
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Julia Pasek
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Osiris Saavedra Martez
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Maryam Runiassy
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