Los Gatos Creek Trail Urban

17350-17770 Alma Bridge Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95030, United States

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The Los Gatos Creek Trail provides recreation opportunities for walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters, non-motorized scooters and nature lovers. The trail passes through several jurisdictions and is maintained by the City of Los Gatos, the Santa Clara Park Department, the City of Campbell, and the City of San Jose.

The Los Gatos segment of this trail has several access points:

  • East Main Street at College Avenue

A wide dirt trail that leads to Lexington Reservoir (1.8 miles) or the St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve to the south. Northward the trail heads towards Forbes Mill, the footbridge, Old Town, Vasona and on to San Jose. On street parking only.

  • Miles Avenue

A paved trail which leads you south to Old Town, to access the Lexington Reservoir/Dam trail. North, the trail takes you to Oak Meadow Park and Vasona County Park (1.2 miles). On site parking is available along with restrooms and a drinking faucet. 

There are two roads between the Lexington Reservoir and downtown Los Gatos. The section of the trail on the west side of the creek is the Los Gatos Creek Trail, a smooth, broad, unpaved trail on the old rail bed. The eastern section is the Jones Trail near the reservoir that leads to the Flume Trail. The northern section of this path is for pedestrians just as windy and goes down to the level of the stream in a few areas. Jones Road is a cyclist option. The Jones and Flume trails connect with Novitiate Park and St. Joseph ‘s Hill Open Space Reserve. There is a small amount of parking available at Novitiate Park and at the end of Jones Road.

There is a mile marker on the Los Gatos Creek trail, with a mile zero marker located approximately 100 feet (30 m) north of the Alma Bridge Road trail. The first half mile provides a substantial decrease in elevation.

When the trail enters downtown Los Gatos, the first entry point is the Main Street Bridge. The trail passes the Forbes Mill of 1854, which houses a museum of history. It crosses from east to west of Highway 17 through a dedicated bridge. The trail is paved from this point to the north. First, there’s an entry point right behind the shopping area of Old Town. 250 yards north, there is an access point and a parking lot with a few spaces for the trail next to a small park north of the Old Town that can be accessed through Miles Avenue.

Next, the trail passes through Oak Meadow Park and Vasona Park. Attractions in this pair of parks include the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and the T33 aircraft that children can crawl on. The trail parallels the east side of the lake and goes up and down the dam. After driving on Highway 85, the next trail leads to Los Gatos Creek County Park. The attractions of this park include fishing, a casting pond, and a dog park. At this point, the bike / pedestrian bridge across Highway 17 connects to the trail.

The trail is passing through Campbell Park. Downtown Campbell is just a three block walk west of the Campbell Avenue Trail. The trail is present on either side of the creek from Campbell Park south to the bridge just north of San Tomas Expressway. There is a parallel single-track mountain bike path on the east side of the creek between the trail and the freeway. Next, the trail passes through the back of the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell. The access point is situated at the northwest corner of the building, behind the car park. Pruneyard has offices, stores , restaurants, and a film theater.

This amazing town of Los Gatos, California prides itself to have many must-see landmarks you don’t want to miss:

  • New Museum Los Gatos
  • Vasona Lake County Park
  • Oak Meadow Park
  • Testarossa Winery
  • Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad
  • Fantasy Of Lights
  • St. Joseph’s Hill Preserve
  • Venture Christian Church

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location located at 3880 South Bascom Avenue in San Jose, California! Stop by for a visit anytime!