Hikers Only. No dogs, horses, or mountain bikes are allowed. There are no trails suitable for wheelchair access.
Subjective Trail Rating for Beauty and Difficulty:
There is no prettier lake in the greater Bay Area than Loch Lomond Reservoir. It is a jewel in the Santa Cruz Mountains, surrounded by second growth redwood trees. In addition to various hiking trails, there are several picnic areas and a boat marina. Electric powered boats can be rented and in early spring trout fishing is excellent. The MacLaren Trail loop is a moderate hike that can be completed by anyone who is in moderately good condition. The first part of the trail is quite easy and is almost completely level. If you feel you cannot do the entire loop, at least walk up to MacGregor Cove and back.
No permits are required but there is a day-use fee. The Loch Lomond Reservoir is only open from March 1st through September 15.
From San Jose take Highway 17 South towards Santa Cruz. Upon reaching the town of Scotts Valley, take the Mt. Herman Road exit. Drive West on Mt. Herman road for three miles to Graham Hill Road. Turn left and drive about eight-tenths of a mile, then turn left on Zayante Road and drive North. Continue for about five miles and turn left on Lompico Road. Travel another five miles and then turn left on West Drive. This is a very narrow road that barely passes for a two lane pavement.
Drive to Sequoia Drive and turn right which will lead to the park.
A free map is available from the park headquarters which can be reached at the address below. To obtain a USGS topographic map of the area, ask for Felton.
Who to contact:
Loch Lomond Recreation Area; 100 Loch Lomond Way; Felton, CA 95018; (408) 335-7424
Werner Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated December 14, 1997.
Copyright 1996 by Werner W. Hager and Micromoms. All rights reserved.