Explore the most popular nature trips 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
14 hours ago

We went there with our dog. It was pretty difficult for us... first part of the trail without shade, so it was very hot, also was very noisy since you walk near the road. The second part was more shady (we also saw a snack). Next to the creek it’s really nice and there are some places where you can get closer and get inside the creek. Overall it was nice.

walking
18 hours ago

A great trail to do with a steep incline. Shaded in some areas, really nice neighborhood to walk in.

Very challenging and fun hike. It’s very steep early on heading up Priest and also very exposed. I started around 8:30am and it was pretty warm by 9:30. Wonderful views near the top and Linekiln on the way back down was a nice change with a little more shade. Loved the elevation change on this hike. Light traffic on a Saturday, very nice.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail for the first half until you meet Jones Trail. The trail beyond there is marked (private) on the map and is fenced off and not accessible.

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

This is one of my favorite trails! It is just the right length and intensity to make you feel like you had a decent work out when you do not have a lot of time. Compared to many of the other trails in the area, there is enough tree cover to give periodic respite from the sun. The east side of the hill offers more shade than the west. At the top of the hill there are great views and often refreshing breezes.
Many people hike, trail run, and mountain bike this trail.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Great trails, but note that the highlighted route shown starting from Big Basin Way (Hwy 9) is on the Achistaca Trail which is for hikers/equestrian only (to the south-west of Skyline Blvd), whereas mtb-ers need to use the actual Saratoga Gap Trail which is just on the other side of Skyline! Once you get to the Charcoal Rd intersection, you can head across Skyline and onto Hickory Oaks Trail and continue north, enjoying Peters Creek Trail and then Chestnut Trail. We did this as an out-and-back, but you can also use Long Ridge Road&Trail to make a small loop at the end as highlighted.

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

nature trips
27 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. You do hear the highway, but it's not bad, I wouldn't let that deter you. cool views and there are multiple trails connected of you want to go further.

Really pretty area with tons of sandstone for bouldering and great spots to play and take pictures! Just a little short for me to give 5 stars, and there were a lot of other people around on a Sunday morning.

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

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
1 month ago

great easy trail, awesome views

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
1 month 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
1 month ago

girls loved it

trail running
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Challenging but very nice!

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

Once you get past the first “big climb” the rest is pretty easy. Great views of Lexington and if you make it to the Hilltop Vista - a great view of Santa Clara County. Clean trails, friendly people.

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

hiking
2 months 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.

Challenging hike, lots of incline. Watch your step for the loose rocks on the decent.

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