Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

nature trips
1 day 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.

Absolutely amazing sweeping views and great trail. Great loop. Not difficult for fit hikers. Only negative was major gnats (it was super hot the day we went in July)! Definitely a top hike in the Bay Area

Great trails

Love this place! Makes you feel like your in another world. Has good trails to bomb down if you can make it to the top!!

You need a permit to hike here. Permit was easy to get and free. Trails are not marked at all. It's kind of creepy hiking at a abandoned college. Felt like I was in the Walking Dead. Sad that the buildings has graffiti on it. Over all really enjoyed hiking here. When done hiking do a body check. My boyfriend got bit my a tick on his chest. Didn't notice it till he took a shower.

epic fun trail

Trail is currently under construction and closed to hikers

Lots of inclines and declines, but overall a really great hike. Cons: The first half before the end loop is close to a road so you hear traffic quite often even if you can’t see it. Also, I heard several gunshots during the hike which can be unnerving if you’re not expecting it. Lastly, there are some scattered viewpoints, but since most of the first half is trekking though trees/hills you won’t see much until that last loop. Pros: it’s mostly quiet with light foot traffic, I went an hour before seeing anyone at one point. Winter weather makes for a perfect hike but do bundle up if you plan to do the full loop it’ll definitely be cold on the return trip. The views are amazing and wholesome when you get to them, but even being lost in the trees alone for awhile is a peace in itself. 7/10

We had a wonderful 8 1/4 mile hike through the beautiful redwoods. everything seem pristine nature was beautiful the only problem we encountered was when we got to a running stream there was a warning notice of a high level of lead in the water other than that everything was great.

This not a dog friendly trail. Posts at the trail head say no dogs. Need to update the app.

A correction - this trail is NOT a part of the Sanborn Skyline County Park as stated on AllTrails. It probably connects to the park, but is in fact inside the Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, which is maintained by MidPen.
Dogs are NOT allowed on this trail.

There is horse manure everywhere in the trail. Better go horse back riding rather than on foot.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I loved this trail. Great views, still some water down the creek at this time of the year. Not to hard and some great low technical single track.

trail running
Sunday, February 12, 2017

A+ trail run. A little bit of everything - up and down, woody single track, exposed vista, great views, running water, light rock scrambling.

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

This was a mellow hike with only a couple of other people on it. You could hear the noise of Hwy 17 part of the time which was a little distracting and the first section was very muddy.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

it's a great easy hike if you wanna just get out for a bit.

mountain biking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Awesome flow trails for miles in a beautiful redwood forest. A must ride.

Amazing views, very clear trail and footing easy for running shoes. Challenging 3-4 hour hike!

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

For the permit
http://www.openspace.org/visit-a-preserve/permits/general-access-permits

Because you need to get a permit (easy), there won't be many (or any) other hikers. It's an interesting place, with an abandoned college and a couple of ponds. Stick with the area bounded by Bear Creek, 17, and the pond that is NOT at the entry/ trail head for the most interested hiking. Hilly but not too.

Very private with nice views. I saw many deer and heard many wild turkeys. Very peaceful.

2/6/15: Nice trail, a bit confusing. It was more challenging coming back. Beautiful scenery.

This was a little more than easy. My daughter and I at 80 had only one area where it was a little narrow. Other than that it was a good hike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's an awesome flow! Been comin back again and again and still longs for the fun I get to enjoy every time I go and play with my bike! Love it!

trail running
Saturday, December 06, 2014

This is a very nice area for trail running. Ran a 10 mile loop starting from the Grizzly Flat parking area. Thru Saratoga Gap, down Charcoal Rd, then back up Grizzly Flat trail. Saw very few people on the trail, so bring a friend to be safe. Nicely shaded along single track and fire roads. Some decent elevation change so this is a good workout.

Soquel demo rocks.
Super fun riding thur the redwoods.
Shuttle from Epicenter Cycling in Aptos Ca.
Bring your freeride bike or cross country not a DH
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mountain biking
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Great one for medium and experienced mtb riders. Coming back for sure.

mountain biking
Monday, April 21, 2014

First timer ! and I love it

Awesome park one of my favs, and close too home for mountain biking, youll get ur workout.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 28, 2013

These trails are by far the most fun out of all the other OSPs in the vicinity. Saratoga Gap, when starting from the southern parking lot, starts of with a descent on some switchbacks with some great technical sections that will test your bike skills. They consist of rock gardens and root stairs, going down it is fairly fun, but definitely don't bring a beginner here. The remainder of the Saratoga Gap section is single track and it's rolling hills with some moderate technical sections here and there. At the end of the trail you will hit a junction with a few signs but none of which tells you were to get to Long Ridge. I mistakenly took Table Top and it was fun and technical going down until I realized 1 mile in that I was going down the wrong trail, riding back up is not too exciting. Hoping over to Long Ridge, it was mostly fire roads until you meet the Long Ridge loop at the northern end, and that's when there are this fun single tracks. You basically ride back the way you came and remember the technical part at the beginning at Saratoga Gap? Well it comes back to haunt you when you try to climb back up it after you have exhausted all your energy.

Great trails and I would say Saratoga Gap is more of a Black Diamond then a Moderate Blue.

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