Overgrown - TRAIL

Overgrown - Trail, Los Gatos, California

On official maps, this is called Limekiln, but everyone knows it as Overgrown. (On the Krebs map it's called Illegal trail for some reason). This is a butt-kicking trail that will give you a pretty good idea of your fitness level and trail skills. Overgrown is almost totally shaded, which makes it ideal on a hot day. It's not exactly singletrack, but it sure feels like it. There are roughly six steep climbs spread along the length of the trail, each one harder than the next. The last one is usually covered with loose dirt and lots of small rocks, making line choice, balance, and endurance crucial unless you want to dab. When (if) you make it to the top, you'll come to a four way intersection. Turn right to go down the Priest Rock trail. There's a little more climbing to do, but it is mellow. Eventually, after some fun downhill, you'll make it back to the lake, 1/2 mile up the road from the trailhead. Hikers (and rangers) are rare on Overgrown, but you may see one or two on Priest Rock, usually towards the bottom. Horses are not uncommon on Priest Rock, also. Overgrown has been temporarily closed several times in the last few years because of slides. You may want to check with the open space district first (www.openspace.org). Closures always last much longer than necessary, but rangers have ticketed friends who ignore the barriers.

User Reviews (7)

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Steve Dorsey   Cross Country Rider [May 27, 2013]

Limekiln (Overgrown) is a challenge for novice riders. Its steep climbs are varied in difficulty and required dexterity. Required technical still is high, but the trail is shady so it's easy to stay cool.

For the experienced rider, this trail is a challenging technical uphill, but nothing you cannot accomplish if you had a good breakfast and you are in reasonable shape.

Customer Service

Take Highway 17 to Bear Creek Road. Cross over the highway and get back on going towards Los Gatos. About 200 meters after you enter the highway, there's an exit for Alma Bridge Road. Exit and follow the road past the dam. You can park at the lake lot (paid) and ride in, or you can drive past the lot and park immediately after the road drops into a hairpin at the Overgrown trailhead.

Climb Overgrown and either continue up Dogmeat (left, VERY challenging), climb up to Woods (straight at the intersection with super-steep sections and a few downhills), or turn right and ride the ridge to the Priest Rock downhill which takes you back to the road. Turn right on the road and head back to the car.

Many people start Overgrown by riding St. Joseph's first. If you choose this route, you have the option of parking in downtown los gatos.

Similar Products Used: Montevina, St. Joseph's, Woods Trail
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david.b   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2009]

Spectacularly grueling hell climb, and good down swoop.

Customer Service

I read all the reviews of this area, and everyone seems to do it the wrong direction. The fun way is to start at Lexington reservoir, and go UP overgrown (the second green gate,) at the four way intersection, take the left, and go UP Dogmeat. This is a good climb. You must use your best smooth electric power output and ballet steering skills to make it past the crux at the oak tree, and it helps to be in a really foul mood to continue up the last ten minutes and do the whole thing without dabbing.

At the top of dogmeat, you turn right and continue up Kennedy towards woods. Keep your foul disposition rolling to stay dab-free up the three little steep bits, which are only tough because you pummeled yourself so well up Dogmeat.

At the woods trail intersection, put on all your warm cloths, check your tire pressure, reset your suspension for downhill handling, and finish off your water. Go right and take the Limekiln downhill. Limekiln is intolerably tedious uphill, but a great fast downhill slalom, unlike the sit-there-and-just-hang-on downhill of Dogmeat.

At the four way intersection, either overgrown or left down Priest Rock will get you back to Lexington.

Similar Products Used: woods trail downhill (dull uphill)
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pmarshall   Cross Country Rider [Nov 13, 2007]

I have read all the other reveiws and have to disagree. If you ride up Kennedy and take time to vomit and regain consciousness, then this trail is for you. Ok, your at the top of kennedy and feeling pretty good minus seeing spots and forgetting your name. Maybe your lower back hurts and your butt hurts a little. I would suggest if you have the time to ride down dogmeat or whatever it is called and take overgrown all the way down. This trail is fast and loose! If you feel like you want to really go balls out then good luck. Some turns come up fast and there is a washed out gulley in most of the trail. This can suck your wheel in and toss you off. Overgrown is still a better option than going back down kennedy (boring fireroad). Have fun and watch for hikers. They tend to get upset when you slam into them from behind and send them down the cliffs.

Customer Service

Park at the trailhead of kennedy and ride up. Then ride down dogmeat till you get to an intersection with a fence. Take a right and go down overgrown. Ride all the way to downtown Los Gatos and road ride it back to the car. It is a great workout ride and mostly fun.

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4
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Jim Ryan   [Jan 31, 2001]

A good fall, winter, spring ride. Hot Hot Hot in the summer. Overgrown is (duh) in the shade though. Fireroads with little singletrack. More of a workout ride than fun ride. The way home (down) are fun though. The only single-track in the area is illegal, "Moody's". Moody's was/is a challenging single track only for downhill experts.

Customer Service

I start at home and ride to the trailhead at Lexington. Continue up to Priest Rock toward Dogmeat. At the junction, choose whether to drop down Overgrown or take the trail to the right. To continue straight up Dog Meat is only for the bionic. Ride along Soda Springs (TRAIL not ROAD) to Kennedy. At the top, go left down Kennedy and home or go right and play on El Sombroso. Choose a trail and head for home.

Similar Products Used: St Joseph's Hill, Kennedy, Saratoga Gap/Long Ridge, Wilder (Santa Cruz) and Nisene Marks (Aptos)
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Ed   [Apr 17, 2001]

Trail has been closed for a while now (4/17/2001) because of a slide. Rangers and Sheriffs (!!!) are there at the bottom to bust anyone who comes down. Idiots. With all the manpower I saw there the other day (2 rangers, 4 sheriffs), they could repair the damn trail! It's just a slide that came DOWN on the trail. It's not like the road washed out. We can go over it! It happens every year.

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3
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TOM   [Sep 28, 2001]

LIMEKILN OPEN 28SEP01

Similar Products Used: COE
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Ryan   [Oct 21, 2002]

Don't waste your time riding here. If you need to get a quick workout this is a good ride on the way home. It's all fireroads, and the long climbs lead you to boring descents. I rode about 25 miles here and ran into some cool people who were very helpful, but the trails are unimpressive.

Similar Products Used: Soquel Demonstration Forest
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