Looking for a great trail near Saratoga, California? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Castle Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Stevens Creek County Park or Congress Springs Park. Ready for some activity? There are 26 moderate trails in Saratoga ranging from 1.6 to 14.8 miles and from 351 to 3,179 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Good easy trail to take a stroll with the dogs. No waterfall or stream in the summer months. If there’s a waterfall it’s very small. We did this in August and it was ok. There are some cool art galleries nearby. Good hike to take parents or kids on, but being an avid hiker, I wouldn’t do it again for the nature awe factor.

Love this park and never get bored in here.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail was awesome in the summer as it was 99% shaded, with beautiful views of redwoods, and some views of San Jose and the Bay between the trees. However, it was much farther than it says here. We followed the trail exactly, and we recorded 5.5 miles using two different apps. It took us about 2 hr 15 min in the clockwise direction, which I recommend for the more gradual descent. Overall great trail, lightly trafficked on a Sunday morning at 10, but longer than expected.

We went up the really steep part first. It was difficult but not bad. My kids did really well too (8,10, and 12 years old). Wish there were better views because I like looking out into the wilderness, but I have to say that just waking through all the tall trees for miles and miles was also really nice. Not too many people here on a Wednesday afternoon.

I did the lookout point trail and back to the parking lot, rather than the loop. The up and back was almost 1.6 miles so it's hard to believe that the lookout and loop is supposed to be 1.6 miles. Anyways, the trail was beautiful with lots of foliage. Bring bug spray, as there are lots of mosquitoes.

Lots of shades. Nice trail. The water fall was a bit disappointing.

hiking
bugs
17 days ago

Mostly shaded. Trail signs are a bit confusing. Take a map from the visitor center or download the trail map as there is no reception in the park. Bug repellent maybe necessary during summer time.

loud highway noises from motorcycles. there's a shooting range. mosquitos.

Very hot. The lookout point has no shade. The trail is quite ordinary.

Last two miles was paved road, not trail.

mountain biking
22 days ago

Very popular with mountain bikers. John Nicholas Trail is the only trail from Sanborn Rd to Skyline Rd in that allows bikes.

hiking
bugs
private property
24 days ago

This trail is ordinary trail. Some scenic spot but nothing extraordinary. There are better trails in the area than this one.

We hiked this trail only because we couldn't locate the one we wanted, and probably won't ever again. It's classified as easy, but almost the entire first mile or so, is up a steep grade. It also spits you out quite a ways down the road from your starting point, which isn't the safest to walk along due to the lack of shoulder.

hiking
bugs
25 days ago

There are shades through the whole trail, so it’s comfortable to go.

The healing walk is the by far the best hike I’ve ever been on

Awesome trail! wonderful workout I would definitely suggest sunscreen, water and bug spray because there are a lot of bugs in the trail. Overall great trail.

Moderate difficulty given elevation and rocky areas. Some narrow areas where you're climbing up or down rocks alongside a cliff so not recommended for young children or individuals with bad joints. Incredible views and a few spots to stop on rocks or benches (very few) to take a break. A lovely waterfall and you can see rock climbers at various points along the trail - namely goat rock.

3/10 difficulty overall. Good amount of shade with moderate open space. Too many people.

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