Aquinas Trail, Loma Vista Trail, Serenity Trail
12.0 miles     2100 ft
25 Dec 2010
Summary

Pleasant walk along fire roads, partly shaded.

Location: El Sereno Open Space Preserve

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good map with various trails shown clearly.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Bay Area Trail Map: Saratoga to Big Basin, First edition, 2010. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring many parks in this area. Highly recommended for avid hikers.

Route

Route in brief: Walk along Aquinas Trail (1.9 miles) → left on Loma Vista Trail (0.5 miles). Return by Loma Vista Trail (0.5 miles) → left on Aquinas Trail (2.3 miles) to reach the park boundary. Return by Aquinas Trail (1.8 miles) → left on Serenity Trail (1.3 miles) until the trail exists. Return by Serenity Trail (1.3 miles) → left on Aquinas Trail (2.4 miles) to reach the trail head.

Notes: We hiked in overcast conditions in Dec 2010. Even though it had rained over the past week, the trails were in good conditions. Trails in El Sereno are fire roads, portions of which are shaded. Aquinas Trail appeared well used and well maintained. Serenity Trail appeared unmaintained. At the end of Serenity Trail, there is a large PG&E tower with views of Lexington Reservoir.

Photos
Trailhead

Location: 19699 Montevina Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Directions: From Highway 17, take Bear Creek Road exit, turn right on Montevina Road and drive up all the way to reach a small parking lot for El Sereno Open Space Preserve.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: December 2010)

Capacity: About 5 to 6 cars.

Latitude: 37.213184     Longitude: -122.023363

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