Explore the most popular trails near Los Gatos with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
2 days ago

I don’t come here too much in the hotter months but I like the trails a lot. There is a lot of elevation gain and the trails are wide enough to share with the many bikers. My dog loves it. Not much in terms of views unless you go all the way up to El Sombroso, and even those are not the best on hazy days. Not too much parking at the trail head, just roadside turnouts. Also a bummer that you can’t swim in the reservoir.

Nice covered trail

21 days ago

Did part of this with another trail. Very nice views of the Santa Cruz Mnt foothills

Did half this hike as part of Los Gatos Creek Trail. Great afternoon hike.

Mostly shaded, some sunny spots, decent elevation. Great afternoon hike that loops through downtown Los Gatos and the St. Joseph Open Space Preserved close to Lexington Reservoir.

hiking
22 days ago

It’s a bit steep but beautiful. A lot of birds. Mostly shady. Parking is limited.

walking
24 days ago

It was a great walk with the dog. Up and back nice open trail-

hiking
30 days ago

Perfect app to carry along with you on all your adventures! We use this to help us plan our weekend hikes, locally and for our great escapes away from the Bay Area.

Steep both on the up and downhill sections of the loop. Some nice views up towards the bay. Very light foot traffic. Some hardy bikers.

Love this trail. Some really nice climbs.

hiking
1 month ago

Santa Rosa trail is currently severely overgrow with dried plants. In some areas over 6ft high. Use caution.

An entertaining trail. I am not a good jumper, and it is still fun to ride the 6 segments of the Flow trail. I think this will be more fun over time.

Moderate crowd of horse riders, trail runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. Steep at times. Great view of Los Gatos and Campbell. Would do it again, parts are shaded, some are really sunny.

Surprisingly great route for a quick run after work. Improved by returning via Saratoga Gap Trail to mix things up a little.

nice n quiet. good incline. plenty of sunshine, definitely need hat and sunblock.

Not a bad hike but a lot of mountain bikers flying along pretty fast...won’t bother doing it again.

Doing the loop clockwise is a good up-hill challenge but not overly so. Mostly in the shade during the uphill and not too bad on the downhill section. Some nice views at the top though nothing jaw dropping.

hiking
2 months 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.

walking
2 months ago

A great trail to do with a steep incline. Shaded in some areas, really nice neighborhood to walk in.

Great trail, even suitable for beginner mountain bikers if they take their time (but may have to walk around short rock gardens on the Ridge Trail). Not a steep climb overall, just a little long, but well worth the effort getting to the top to ride the awesome flow trail down.

Very challenging and fun hike. It’s very steep early on heading up Priest and also very exposed. I started around 8:30am and it was pretty warm by 9:30. Wonderful views near the top and Linekiln on the way back down was a nice change with a little more shade. Loved the elevation change on this hike. Light traffic on a Saturday, very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for the first half until you meet Jones Trail. The trail beyond there is marked (private) on the map and is fenced off and not accessible.

Good easy hike. beautiful redwoods. wide trails, dog friendly

This is one of my favorite trails! It is just the right length and intensity to make you feel like you had a decent work out when you do not have a lot of time. Compared to many of the other trails in the area, there is enough tree cover to give periodic respite from the sun. The east side of the hill offers more shade than the west. At the top of the hill there are great views and often refreshing breezes.
Many people hike, trail run, and mountain bike this trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trails, but note that the highlighted route shown starting from Big Basin Way (Hwy 9) is on the Achistaca Trail which is for hikers/equestrian only (to the south-west of Skyline Blvd), whereas mtb-ers need to use the actual Saratoga Gap Trail which is just on the other side of Skyline! Once you get to the Charcoal Rd intersection, you can head across Skyline and onto Hickory Oaks Trail and continue north, enjoying Peters Creek Trail and then Chestnut Trail. We did this as an out-and-back, but you can also use Long Ridge Road&Trail to make a small loop at the end as highlighted.

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

nature trips
3 months ago

State Park Docents are often present on Weekends.
Pictures show some key points. Fire ant hill, woodpecker tree, castle rock with its tafoni, giant Douglas Fir trees, and oak forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. You do hear the highway, but it's not bad, I wouldn't let that deter you. cool views and there are multiple trails connected of you want to go further.

Really pretty area with tons of sandstone for bouldering and great spots to play and take pictures! Just a little short for me to give 5 stars, and there were a lot of other people around on a Sunday morning.

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