Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail via Lime Kiln Trail

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Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail via Lime Kiln Trail is a 18.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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
18.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
895 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A more advanced version of the Lexington Reservoir Loop, this hike connects the county park to the Sierra Azul open Space Preserve.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging but very nice!

hiking
4 months ago

IMPORTANT FOR DOGS: the last part of ascent (last 500m) does not allow dogs. My wife stood with my dog while I was checking this section. That is a shame because this is the section where you get the best views of San Jose. Definitely hard but not exhausting. Some parts get fairly steep.

backpacking
6 months ago

This has a lot of uphill hiking- it’s not just uphill out and downhill back, so be prepared! Great training!

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely HARD. Didn't think it would be too challenging but it was a lot of up in the heat. I'd say definitely worth it though for the views of downtown SJ.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice hike with challenging acceleration in the first half. We did this on a pretty hot day ( > 95), you should really pack enough water, a hat and try to start very early! We started at 7:30 and therefore still had a lot of shadow

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

We didn't finish the whole trail and we stopped at the intersection of the two trails.

Pro:
- A lot of shades
- Beautiful views. you can see San Jose downtown if the weather is clear

cons:
- hard trail. it's steep from the very beginning.
- not easy to find a parking. there is a parking lot (you can find it on the preserve's website) but it's a little far away from the trailhead.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

I was convinced Briones had rolling hills.. nah this place took the CAKE!! hills on hills on hills on more hills!! i loved every it of it! when you reach the peak, you can even see Mt Diablo and Tamalpais from there! it's so awesome! definitely added this to my Favorite hikes list!

hiking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Great Trail! Very challenging. Did a 4-mile hike. Pretty much two miles up two miles back down (1,015 elevation gain). Small area for parallel parking at trailhead.

trail running
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Very nice trail - good length and difficulty. Enough trees and easy to follow.

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great hike, but not much to see at the peak except a couple of transmission pylons. Watch out for hornets and rattlesnakes.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It was good. It wasn't so hard as it is drescribed. We made the first loop and we weren't tire. In our way up was open parh, not to many trees or shadows but in our way down was close path with shadows and trees in both side of the way. There is not so many people or nobody was there but is realy safe and quite. I think is good for jogging, biking or stroll.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Is good for doing legs :p

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice and sunny day with a good workout

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I used to hike these trails regularly last year when I was living in Los Gatos. Limikiln trail is 10 miles round trip. Priest Rock trail is around 8 miles round trip. The two trail intersect each other. These 2 trails together with the Kennedy trail segment connecting the 2 offers several training variations depending on your mood and energy levels. A full loop taking one of the the trails to its end point and taking the Kennedy trail to the other and returning on that trail will be over 10.5 miles with nearly 2500 feet cumulative elevation gain - very good preparation for harder hikes like Yosemite's Halfdome or Grand Canyon rim to river!

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Good training trail to Kennedy crossing. Very little shade, which is probably why not too many hikers, etc. Bring poles for the walk down and you'll be fine. Come to think of it, the poles did help going up as well. Happy Hiking!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Biked up. Tough last hill

hiking
Friday, August 30, 2013

If you are looking for a hard training trail ... this is it.

Four miles up to the intersection with Kennedy trail. 1900 or so feet elevation gain. The bikers call the upper section "Dog Meat" for a reason. It is not the prettiest trail. No shade. Statistically this is about half of a Half Dome hike.

It is easy to connect this trails with others to increase the distance up to 11 or 25 miles.

Drive about a mile past the Lexington Dam parking lot and look for the SA22 gate on the left. Park on Alma Bridge Road about 100 yards before the turn off to the Los Gatos Rowing club.

Carry lots of water.

Watch out for sunset; they write parking tickets for parking on Alma Bridge Road after sun set.

trail running
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Good loop trail, up hill then down. Limited roadside parking on the east side of Lexington reservoir past the main parking lot. The northern leg is Limekiln trail, mostly single track, generally a steady climb/grind. It's also known as "overgrown" as there are a lot of shade trees on either side. The southern leg back is Priest Rock, a fire trail with lots of sun. Nice views of the valley on this segment. The two trail heads are less than 1/2 mile apart on Alma Bridge Road to complete the loop.

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