San Jose, California
Lexington County Park
Lexington has a long and varied history. Originally an industrial hub nestled near Los Gatos, logging provided much needed jobs and helped fund growth. Today the reservoir is the largest remaining resource. Miles of trails provide activity for hikers, bicyclists and horse back riding. We will be enjoying a loop hike with most of the steep climbs in the first half of the hike. We will be rewarded with a beautiful vista for our meeting spot. While shade is provided, it is mostly on the downhill trail.
Lexington County Park offers recreational opportunities for equestrians, cyclists and hikers - as well as boating and picnicking. Plant communities include mixed hardwood, mixed evergreen, riparian forest, redwood forest, chaparral, grassland and mixed conifer. Animal life includes a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Directions: Take Hwy 17 S to Bear Creek Exit, go right on Bear Creek Road, get back onto 17 N stay in access lane, turn right onto Alma Bridge Road- in 1.5 miles Priest Rock Trailhead is on left - park on side of road. If you get to the Rowing Club you just passed the trailhead.
Drive time: 20 minutes
Hike start time promptly at 10am
Parking free if on road- fee for lots. Parking is limited, strongly suggested to please carpool.
Dogs ok if weather LESS than 80 degree high is forecast and MUST BE ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES
Bring lots of water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and something to sit on.