Explore the most popular wild flowers 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
2 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
3 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
7 days 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

walking
15 days ago

girls loved it

trail running
16 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.

Challenging but very nice!

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

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

The shade was great and on a clear day you can view the city from afar

1 month ago

loved it for a quick little HIIT workout

Loved it.!!! The great outdoors

Tough hike, but epic views and not a lot of foot traffic.

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.

5/2/2018 This hike is a lot of up and down for a decent view of San Jose. There are not too many switchbacks, so there are a lot of steep but relatively short pitches. Pretty exposed, although there is a decent amount of shade in the beginning and middle for this kind of trail. All the trails are fire road style, and you’re under power lines a lot of the time. You don’t lose the sound of the traffic until the third mile. However, it’s a nice escape from the South Bay, and a good place to let the dogs run as long as you stay mindful of mountain bikers, plentiful here. I made a loop by taking Kennedy Trail back to Priest Rock Trail on the way back, but the original map is easier and shorter. Kennedy follows the ridge line so there is a lot of uphill even on the way back. There are a lot of beautiful wildflowers out and the temperature was perfect even at midday, though the views were hazy. I probably won’t come here much in the summer, especially because there is no swimming in the reservoir. I passed only one mountain biker on a Wednesday midday.

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
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed hiking this trail. Parking is scarce, find what you can along the side of the road. Went up Limekiln and could hear the streams bubbling. Met more bikers than hikers the day I went. The green gate at the top opens up to a few other trails - but I stayed on this loop. Limekiln provides shaded trails while the Priest Rock side has more open sky. I’d say coming up the other way is more difficult with a steeper incline. All in all, took me under 2 hours to complete including a bit of downhill jogging on the Priest Rock side. Definitely will be coming back to explore the other trails in this area.

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