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This spring in Los Gatos, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers! Whether you are enjoying the scenery while on a nature walk, a jog, or a bike ride, there is an abundance of beautiful and picturesque spots near the Toll House Hotel in Santa Clara County that are amazing places to enjoy wildflowers.
The Los Gatos Creek Trail is an excellent place to see gorgeous wildflowers blooming in the spring. The 9-mile trail is a magnet for hikers, bicyclists, dog walkers, and nature enthusiasts. The trailhead for Los Gatos Mountain Trails starts downtown and branches into the hills south of Los Gatos. Keep an eye out for the Johnny Jump-Up and the Most Beautiful Jewelflower, a native flower to the Bay Area that typically has dark purple petals.
Another hotspot for wildflowers in Santa Clara County is the Lexington Reservoir County Park. This beautiful 960-acre park and reservoir is a can’t-miss for nature lovers and is part of the chain of parks and open spaces connected by the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos, the Lexington Reservoir County Park is just 5 miles from the Toll House Hotel and features an abundance of gorgeous wildflowers during the warm spring months.
The Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is a spot not widely thought of as a wildflower trail, but a wide variety of wildflowers can be seen throughout the preserve. The soil and terrain along the Woods Trail provides the ideal surroundings for flowers to bloom for while providing a difficult environment for the hostile competing grasses and weeds. The Woods Trail begins next to the intersection of Hicks Rd. and Mt. Umunhum Rd. on Jacques Ridge at the summit of the road and begins at 1400 feet elevation. Keep an eye out for the Blue Eyed Grass, a beautiful blue flower with a yellow center and a grass-like stem.
For a wildflower hike guide in Santa Clara County Parks, click here.
To learn more about things to do in Santa Clara County or to make reservations for your next California vacation at the Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, visit http://tollhousehotel.com.