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Limekiln Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (10)

A rocky, wooded single/doubletrack on the bottom section and a long steep fire road at the top.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Doubletrack

2,847' 868 m

High

702' 214 m

Low

2,362' 720 m

Up

216' 66 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Description

From the dam at Lexington Reservoir, take Alma Bridge Road around the east side of the reservoir. The Limekiln Trailhead is just after the first hairpin. The trail begins with a climb on broken pavement and then turns to single and doubletrack, eventually descending into the woods. After the descent, the real climb begins. This lower section of Limekiln is known as Overgrown. It follows a pattern of bending to the right and increasing grade, then back to the left and moderating. There are several challenging, loose, and rocky pitches on this part.

At the top of Overgrown, the trail emerges from the woods and crosses the Priest Rock Trail. From this point there are two climbing options, up the very steep and loose "Dogmeat" section of Priest Rock or continuing on the Limekiln Trail. There are two options to descend, either back down Overgrown (loose and rocky) or down the Priest Rock fire road (steep but a bit boring).

Continuing on, Limekiln becomes a fire road and begins to descend at this point, and then begins a long, steep climb to the junction with Kennedy Road. This part of the trail is known as Power Poles. From the top there are three ways to descend: Back on Limekiln, down the Kennedy Trail, or over the top of El Sombroso to Woods Road.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Craig Gleason

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 10 votes

#14742

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  3.3 from 10 votes
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Photos

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Kennedy and Limekiln junction. with permission from Alexander Avtanski
Jun 27, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Kennedy Trail. with permission from Alexander Avtanski
Jun 27, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA
View of Lexington Quarry from the trail at about 1/4 way up.
Apr 24, 2017 near Los Gatos, CA
Be ready for a long steep ride.
Jan 1, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA
Limekiln  trailhead from Alma Bridge.
Apr 24, 2017 near Los Gatos, CA

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Jun 19, 2020
Bubba Hari
Cool trail on the Ebike. Rolling hills, rocky, dry, beautiful views and low traffic.
Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
Limekiln (Overgrown) to Priest Rock and back down to Alma Bridge Rd. is a SUPER popular quick ride. Benn doing it all my life.
Apr 24, 2018
Robert Hatzenpiller
5mi
Feb 24, 2018
Christopher Ayala
Went up Limekiln from alma bridge and back down priest rock trail 5mi
May 23, 2017
Jacob Curren
Brutal steep. But dry 5mi
May 20, 2017
Terry Drymonacos
only did to the overgrown and back down 6mi
Apr 23, 2017
Eduardo Luna
Mar 11, 2017
Stefan Auer