The St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is Los Gatos' most beloved hiking areas. This California treasure is the ideal haven for those who love to run, mountain bike, and hike but consists of a landscape that is equally conducive to a leisurely nature walk. St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve offers many different trails of various difficulties with something sure to meet the fitness levels of every family member.
Most of the trails are moderate but some do contain quite steep hills. Visitors to this lovely trail system do note that owners with dogs should be careful of foxtails which can easily penetrate dog paws, causing intense pain and sometimes mandating a trip to the vet for proper removal. Fur buddies are welcome to join their families at St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve; however, they must remain on a lead.
There is not a designated dog play area provided at this hiking haven nor are any on-site amenities available for canine use. Bathrooms are housed on the grounds. Owners should bring drinking water and poop bags with them from home. All canine waste removal is the responsibility of each owner. St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is a public recreational space, and access to the property is free of charge.
The land is characterized by its incredible views of both the Silicon Valley and the Lexington Reservoir. St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is a treasure trove of varied terrain for families to explore including vast grassy areas, chaparral, and heavily wooded sections. Also housed on the grounds is bench-style seating and picnic areas where families can relax and enjoy a meal on the grounds.
There are no publicly posted rules regarding the use of St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve. To exercise proper safety precautions, it is wise for all dogs to be up to date on vaccinations and in possession of a city dog license tag. Looking for a great new hiking spot? Bring Fido and the family for an adventure at St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve!