Explore the most popular forest 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
3 days 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.

This is one of the trail we like the most and hiked the most. It may be quite challenging for the beginners. The steep hike gives you great workout, the best hike near Los Gatos in the winter time. I wouldn’t recommend for a very hot day because most of the trail has no shades.

hiking
8 days ago

great easy trail, awesome views

Start at the top of Montevina Rd . Great views of Lexington and the Coastal range early on.Kind of a reverse hike where you start at the top and go to the bottom.

Great workout and a hard trail because of the steep incline. Too much direct heat on a day over 85 degrees. Will be back on a cooler day next time.

Excellent trail for scenery and challenging workout!

Well I’m a newbie to hiking-this was not easy for me, but I’ve done it three times and am getting faster-lots if uphill but a great hike

hiking
15 days ago

This trail taught me that for me moderate is hard!! The incline was really challenging for me but that probably says more about my fitness level than anything else. Still trail is not really for beginners. It was also quite dry. On the plus side though there were some great views of the valley and we saw a deer.

walking
16 days ago

girls loved it

trail running
18 days ago

Not trail running per se, but I would run the entire length of LGCT to it’s termination at Meridian Ave in San Jose, a round trip of 18 miles, as part of a marathon training. It was perfect.

Love this trail and all surrounding. The area is my favorite, a perfect balance between nature features, challenging terrain, and beautiful forest.

Very enjoyable trail! Starts off with one big incline up and after that it's easy peasy. Part of the trail is in the residential area. Seeing the big rich houses was nice. I was very thankful for this app to keep on track on the trail. You can finish this in an hour. I also saw a deer on our trail!

mountain biking
29 days ago

Excellent trail for biking. I'm still working myself into shape (and I'm no spring chicken) so I struggled a bit but made it up to the peak. Intermediate and advanced riders will cruise up. Killer view. Very, very fun cruise down. Will definitely do again soon but I will bring bug spray for the climb.

We love this trail. It’s little hard in the beginning, the trail overall is not hard.

Very nice place and you can do it on a lunch break. Very good view

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a fire road trail so it’s nice and wide with nice views of the redwoods. Not much to see till the end. Mainly mountain biking was seen on the trail.

1 month ago

loved it for a quick little HIIT workout

Loved it.!!! The great outdoors

there is a pretty steep incline or decline (depending on which way you start or end.) the views are amazing. nice hike if you're visiting the area and have a couple hours free.

Only good as a training hike. It is hot with little shade. Views are nice in places. Few people some mt bikers. The trail is a road so there is plenty of space for all.

Very good workout . Steep inclines!!! Great to get you n shape .

Only hiked to Priest rock and back on Kennedy because it was very hot, most of the hike is in the open/sun, and I didn’t want to run out of water for my pup and I. Four miles up hill... saw a rattlesnake on the way up and a fox near the top. Lots of sparrows and butterflies along the way. Irises are blooming now. Bring more than one canteen if you’re planning to hike this in the summer!

The parking is limited and not the easiest to back out of if there’s other cars parked.

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!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great all-around, easy trail that provides easy access to services should the need arise.

It’s a nice trail. Gets quite steep at a few spots. That coupled with the total length can make it a hard one. If you’re a regular hiker this should be a nice 4 hour workout. Not too easy but definitely not crazy hard either.
Views up top are nice. Nothing much to see along the way.

Wonderful morning workout in peaceful surroundings.

Most of the people were met were actually riding bicycles, looks like a tough bike trail. From hiking point of view, it's a moderate trail, mostly inside forest with one spectacular vista point overlooking Silicon Valley. It's pretty wet, so waterproof hiking boots are nice to have. Limited parking. Only one portable toilet at the trailhead. No water.

trail running
3 months ago

Had a blast running this yesterday. The elevation seems off though my Garmin clocked it at 2,082” in elevation gain.
It’s a beautiful trail to run either way.

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