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.

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!

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bugs
7 days ago

Noisy road near by and smelly pipe along the trail. I didn't like it.

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rocky
13 days ago

Frist two miles are all up hill.

Very difficult. Lots of uphill and lots of slippery pebbles. Great workout!

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.

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.

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

Hiked in both June and August. June was better with wildflowers and butterflies. August had too many bugs to truly enjoy.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

The map needs updating here. There’s a fancy new parking lot and as a result some of the trails have been closed or rerouted. But it’s still a fantastic place to go for short or longer hikes alike.

Great trail for the more advanced beginner. Was a lot of fun!

Great trail if you’re more than A beginner not quite experienced. Loads of fun!!!

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.

So amazing!!! 1000 ft elevation and just great!!!!

Moderate intensity, easily accessible and clear trail, plenty of shade, several mountain bikers but not too many other hikers on a Sat AM, limited parking, a bit cold and windy, fairly scenic.

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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1 month ago

Great trail for a short run with my dog. Bobcat spotted 8/8/19–so be aware!

Limekiln was mostly shaded up until it meets with priests rock. Taking priests rock down is mostly open and downhill. Views are ok but there aren’t a ton of clear overlooks. Saw plenty of wildlife just be careful of bikers on the trail. If you take priests rock back and park by the limekiln trailhead you’ll need to walk on the road back which has a small shoulder and not much space beside the road to walk. Overall a decent hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

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

Good training/workout hike. Mostly monotonous views, a few vistas. Lots of bugs/flys. Pretty exposed. Easy to follow and well maintained.

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

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