Next time your pup wants to spend some time in Mother Nature, pay a visit to the Sierra Azul Open Space. Spreading over 18,000 acres, this massive preserve has more than enough room for your pooch to roam. This place is the pawfect combination of forests, grasslands, ravines and peaks. Both four and two legged visitors will be captivated by the rugged beauty.
Since it’s so enormous, Sierra Azul is divided into four areas: Kennedy-Limekiln, Mount Umunhum, Cathedral Oaks, and Rancho de Guadalupe. Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the Mount Umunhum section, not even in cars. There is no public access to the Cathedral Oaks or Ranch de Guadalupe areas, so that means you and your furry friend can only hike in Kennedy-Limekiln.
There are three trails in Kennedy-Limekiln for your pal to choose from. Priest Rock Trail is four miles long and will give your canine buddy a great leg workout. The steep elevation will leave them huffing and puffing, but they’ll love the views when they reach the top. The Kennedy and Limekiln Trails start at separate trailheads and eventually meet, creating a 14 mile loop. With 2,000 feet in elevation gain, this option will also makes your dog’s legs burn.
The main trailhead is at the Lexington Reservoir entrance. From here, you can hop on either Priest Rock or Limekiln, and can find primitive restrooms and a picnic table. For the Kennedy Trailhead, make your way over to Kennedy Road in Los Gatos. Be sure to pack enough water to keep you and your pup well hydrated. Since this trail is multi-use, expect to see cyclists and equestrians. Do your part to keep the trail smelling fresh by picking up your pup’s piles. Your doggo will agree, Sierra Azul Open Space is a great spot to escape the chaos of life and enjoy the furrific wilderness!