Large park stretches from Lexington Reservoir all the way up to the high point
of Mt El Sombroso. The landscape is not covered with trees and the trails are mainly
note 1: you will not find shade during the hike; it is not recommended for hot
summer days. Steep and long climbs.
note 2: This is not a loop hike and if you try to do it as a loop you need to
walk on the narrow lake road for ½ mile between hike entrances.
note 3: the trails start with a very small parking lots on the side of the road
things that can lead to situation of no parking space.
thoughts: This is not on my "must do" list. Open landscape without a shade, very
long and strenuous uphill hikes, also for bikes the uphill is difficult.
Recommended for long mountain bike rides.
visits are mainly for long hike or bike trips over the open mountain ridge, the
dirt-roads following the PG&E electric line.
are only few fire road trails in the park, and all are going up the mountain
and once you reach the top then you need to go down in few loop options.
recommended 5.5 miles loop hike:
the side of the road near Priest Rock Trailhead.
Start going up the ridge on
the steep trail for 2.5 miles until you reach trail junction.
Here you can continue
going up (both options are valid trails) or you will go back down on Limekiln
trail all the way back to the road.
is another park entrance point in Los Gatos (Purple color on the map).
From Kennedy road take up the Kennedy
trail and after 4 miles you will reach ridge top and the connection to Priest
mountain bikers (Orange trail on the map):
There is an option to have long epic 11 mile ride one way; Taking
the trails all the way up to Mnt El Sombroso and even go down from the other
side all the way to Woods Trail trailhead at the junction of Hicks Rd. and Mt. Umunhum