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Limekiln Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (12)

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 Not Allowed

Description

From the dam at Lexington Reservoir, take Alma Bridge Road around the east side of the reservoir. The Limekiln Trail 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 with improvements by David Silva

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 12 votes

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  3.3 from 12 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
This is the entrance to the lime kiln trail from the Lexington damn reservoir Road
Apr 4, 2021 near Los Gatos, CA
View of Lexington Quarry from the trail at about 1/4 way up.
Apr 24, 2017 near Los Gatos, CA
This is a junction between the dog meat trail and lime kiln.
Apr 4, 2021 near Lexingt…, CA
Be ready for a long steep ride.
Jan 1, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA

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Nov 14, 2021
James Bishop
Apr 4, 2021
Candy Apple
Vasona Park -> Lexington Dam -> Limekiln -> Dogmeat -> Kennedy Trail 20.3mi — 4h 22m
Jan 14, 2021
David Silva
Aug 29, 2020
Umar Ali
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