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Map Key

12.0

Miles

19.3

KM

Point to Point

2,946' 898 m

High

775' 236 m

Low

2,642' 805 m

Up

2,004' 611 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Description

You are rewarded with panoramic views of Mount Umunhum, the Santa Clara Valley, and the Inner and Outer Coast Ranges on this long trek through the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's largest preserve. Beginning along the lower wooded slopes of Mount Umunhum, the trail climbs to a chaparral landscape up Mount El Sombroso. The remainder of the route undulates northwest over rugged hills and makes a long 3.9-mile descent to Lexington Reservoir. Choose a cool day to hike or ride this exposed fire road.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Bay Area Ridge Trail Staff

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Mt. Umunhum in the distance on the left, Mt. Thayer closer, on the right, as Kennedy Trail approaches its final climb to end near Mt. El Sombroso in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Feb 24, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA
Enjoy stunning views from the Priest Rock / Kennedy Trail intersection.
Feb 7, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA
Moss-covered trees are abundant in the woods along the Woods Trail. Coastal fog keeps everything moist.
Feb 12, 2017 near Almaden…, CA
Looking down at the Lexington Reservoir from the Priest Rock Trail.
Jun 11, 2017 near Los Gatos, CA
Quicksilver Park hills of Capitancillos Ridge, South San Jose, and the East Bay Hills in the distance, as seen looking northeast from high on Kennedy Trail
Feb 24, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA
A waterfall cascades down mossy rocks along the Woods Trail after winter rains.
Feb 12, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA

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