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.

As of July 22, Aptos Creek Road is CLOSED WEEKDAYS UNTIL 4:00pm while Cal Fire conducts wildfire mitigation (ie. removal of dry brush, trees, etc.) with heavy machinery. I attempted to access the Flow Trail from this direction today (September 17) but found the road to be closed at the intersection of Aptos Creek Road and Buzzard Lagoon Road. I rode down Buzzard Lagoon Road to Cusack’s Trail and ascended Cusack’s Trail but was met with more closure signs where Cusack’s Trail intersects Aptos Creek Road. Here, I was met by a CA State Parks Ranger who was patrolling the road. He informed me of Aptos Creek Road’s 4:00pm opening. I ended up riding back down to the parking area on Highland Way and taking Hihn’s Mill Road to Sulphur Springs Road....Sulphur Springs Road to Ridge Trail...Ridge Trail to Flow Trail...Flow Trail to Hihn’s Mill Road...Hihn’s Mill Road to Highland Way. This is currently the best way to access Flow Trail, Braille, etc. before 4:00pm on weekdays. Enjoy!

Mostly dirt or gravel road, shade most of the way.

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6 days ago

Nice ride trail, great for walking the dog. Reservoir was really nice, even with water level -11 below 0.

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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no shade
rocky
11 days ago

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

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

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closed
16 days ago

I was really excited to do this loop. Long with lots of elevation gain. A perfect training hike for the Grand Canyon rim to rim hike I am doing in a month. The problem is that the connector trail is closed. Maybe reopening after summer. So after 13.5 miles I had to turn around and go back (I was hiking clockwise). Bummer. I enjoyed the first half of the hike.

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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bugs
rocky
19 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.

Burms, Burms, Burms! Be ready to commit though. There is a big climb to the top and a big climb out.

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.

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bugs
27 days ago

Nice trail with plenty of people. Saw one rattlesnake.

This trail has no lookout points or a spot to have picnic at the top . It’s just a hike if you are looking to get done with a hike . Full shaded by the trees thou . High inclination for first 1 mile ! And then moderate inclination . Coming down is steep.

Very moderate hike with easy directions, nothing in the road. Excellent day hike.

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.

The flow trail section is only about 3 miles, but one of the funnest trails I've ever done. Not very challenging, just fast and flowy.

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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.

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

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1 month ago

Used this route in reverse from Sheldon Road entrance and combined it with the Lexington Vista Trail. Skipped the steep exposed section to Montevina. Made it more pleasant with the uphill at the start. No parking on Sheldon so need to find a spot on Overlook or below.

First 1/3 is up hill and hard sand road not easy. The rest of trials are good.

Decent hike but the beginning was a slow constant incline for the first 2 miles. I went counterclockwise on the loop and I'm glad I did! I'm happy theres a lot of parking. Glad to see the new park!

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