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Noisy road near by and smelly pipe along the trail. I didn't like it.

Summit only open Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise a nice shady hike!

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rocky
8 days ago

Views, but just a dirt road, this area has much better on offer.

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bugs
rocky
9 days ago

Frist two miles are all up hill.

Very difficult. Lots of uphill and lots of slippery pebbles. Great workout!

Incredible view from the rock at the overlook. Requires a bit of climbing to get to the top of the rock to see though.

Shaded for the first half of the trail. Rocky with steep sections in the second half. Good workout with decent views. I call it the rollercoaster trail - specially if you decided to make a loop and turn right in Kennedy.

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rocky
16 days ago

Wanted easy for my first ride in many years. Didn’t expect all the hills on the LGC Trail part, then up to Lex Res. Another big set of hills on the way up to Jones. Couldn’t make it on my bike. Great workout but kicked my butt. Definitely not a leisure ride but I will absolutely do it again. Next time I’ll do it in reverse and start on Jones.

The trail is very well maintained and signposted. It’s quite steep soon after the start, pretty much all the way to the right turn onto Priest Rock (4.1 miles). Then it’s steep downhill. After the left onto Limekiln, it’s flat for a while which was nice and easy going but then started getting steep again. At this point my legs started composing an official complaint to my brain ;-) I did it in 90 degree summer heat and drank 3 litres of water (take plenty as the shade is very sporadic). Overall, it took 5 hours (I’m 45 and in reasonably good shape for my age). Parking is limited, I was lucky to find a spot on the road. Only downside for me was annoying flies buzzing round my ears at some points.

Relatively flat for the first mile, then all up hill thereafter. In the summer evening most of the path was shaded. Bugs were a frustration.

Hiked in both June and August. June was better with wildflowers and butterflies. August had too many bugs to truly enjoy.

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bugs
24 days ago

Nice trail with plenty of people. Saw one rattlesnake.

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.

So amazing!!! 1000 ft elevation and just great!!!!

Moderate intensity, easily accessible and clear trail, plenty of shade, several mountain bikers but not too many other hikers on a Sat AM, limited parking, a bit cold and windy, fairly scenic.

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1 month ago

Great trail for a short run with my dog. Bobcat spotted 8/8/19–so be aware!

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bugs
1 month ago

The lookout is closed for wildlife preservation. Short little loop, steep toward the end but moderate at most. You can hear the gun range at the beginning and end of the loop. I probably won’t go back until the lookout reopens.

Limekiln was mostly shaded up until it meets with priests rock. Taking priests rock down is mostly open and downhill. Views are ok but there aren’t a ton of clear overlooks. Saw plenty of wildlife just be careful of bikers on the trail. If you take priests rock back and park by the limekiln trailhead you’ll need to walk on the road back which has a small shoulder and not much space beside the road to walk. Overall a decent hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

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

Used the Aquinas Trail in reverse from Sheldon Road to access Lexington Vista Serenity Trail portion. Skipped the Montevina section. Shortened the hike and put the climb at the start. No parking on Sheldon Road so need to find spot on Overlook or below. Unexpectedly saw a banana slug on the Serenity Trail/road today, August 6, in the chaparral? Not a redwood or drop of rain in sight? First time spotted a banana slug outside the redwoods? (See photo)

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