Explore the most popular Lake 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.

hiking
bugs
20 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

All day walk

hiking
2 months ago

Limited roadside parking. So plan accordingly. Wide, well-maintained dirt trails. Lots of mountain bikers. Brought 2 kids and a dog, and we hiked to the reservoir and back, approximately 3.25 miles. No crazy elevation gain. Very shaded, great for a hot day. Very friendly hike for the whole family. Will definitely come back again.

Probably good for hiking, but for mountain biking there are extremely hard and dangerous parts on the way back from the hill, specifically the Flume trail part alongside the creek. I’d recommend taking Los Gatos creek trail on the way back, too, instead of doing the loop. Pretty good and moderately challenging climb otherwise.

Great moderate MTB ride with just enough up hill and level recovery trail to make this flowing downhill ride worth the 1,400' climb. And it's under cover, cool for a hot summer ride. Bruce Hamilton

mountain biking
4 months ago

This was my first mountain bike trail experience and it was great! The ascent was very doable, flatter sections exist after every steeper climbing section to recoup out of shape legs. Views, cliffs, and woods all wind around to make great terrain and atmosphere. Overall had a great experience. Lots of little boofs and burms to turn and bunny hop. If your a good rider you could really shred this trail.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

I’m not a fan of the trail alongside the noisy highway. Other than that it was an easy 6 miles with an enjoyable view

on John Nicholas Trail

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

running
muddy
6 months ago

I would have rated the difficulty of this trail as moderate. Wanted an easy trail run and this ended up being much more on the moderate side with the elevation gain. Other than that negative feedback— trail was beautiful and very well maintained.

Did the hike on Feb 9th, started around 8am. Trail is in good condition, starts kind of flat then gets steeper, but it's never too rough. Met few people, and was told there was still snow on the top, and indeed there was a bit of frost/snow from the cold temperatures and snowfall earlier in the week. Interestingly enough the last stretch of the trail was still frozen. On the way down, took a wrong turn to the right and so added 1-2 miles, since it took me a while to realize it. Some steep parts on the way down (I did the loop counter-clockwise), also some bikers going really fast downhill so watch out. You need to walk a small stretch of road at the end to complete the loop, watch-out for traffic. Saw a newt a few hundred feet from the car (see pictures). Overall a very good hike. Views of the South Bay are really good.

Good hike under the shade. Dog owners be aware of bikes as It is a very popular MTB trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Not a lot to see on the fire road down to the reservoir but it’s an easy walk and the view of the water is a nice reward. Keep walking around to the other side. It’s 1.9 miles to this point. If you keep going straight into the woods on the John Nicholas trail it’s very pretty! The fall leaves were spectacular. I turned back at the second bridge but would have loved to keep going. It took me about an hour each way at an average pace. Not too bad of an incline on the way back up. Good spot for biking or walking the dogs. Not a ton of parking but there’s spots along the road.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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

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

mountain biking
Friday, June 22, 2018

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 03, 2018

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.

hiking
Monday, March 26, 2018

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.

running
Sunday, March 25, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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.

mountain biking
Monday, February 05, 2018

Nice moderate/easy climb to the top. Trail is shaded the entire length. Downhill is fast with good flow. Busy on the weekends, so watch for hikers and other bikers heading up/down.

mountain biking
Friday, January 12, 2018

Very impressed with this trail. Takes a good amount of work to get to the top (had to hike my bike for a few spots) but the way down is worth it!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Hiked with a three year old and an infant in a stroller.

hiking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Trail is currently under construction and closed to hikers

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

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