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With this much vertical gain over such rugged terrain, this challenging hike is great for serious hikers.
Keep an eye out for coast live oak, bay trees, redwoods, deer, bobcats, and coyotes as well as the peaks of Mt. Thayer and Mt. Umunhum.
To start this 13.3-mile out-and-back hike take the Kennedy Trail to the Limekiln Trail, then the Priest Rock Trail and back to the Kennedy Trail. Your hard work will be rewarded with panoramic views of the South Bay. After the first four miles on the Kennedy Trail, head down the Priest Rock Trail then loop back up on the Limekiln Trail. The first section is a steep downhill into an exposed valley, then a long, slow climb back to join the Kennedy Trail. There are many cool sights to see along the trail, with views of the South Bay and also of the rolling Santa Cruz Mountains.
POST has protected 14 properties and just over 4,000 acres of what is now 18,000-acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. This preserve is now managed by our partners at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.