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El Sereno Up and Back

Intermediate
 2.9 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice out and back that you can ride from Downtown Los Gatos, CA.


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

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Singletrack

2,503' 763 m

High

412' 126 m

Low

2,144' 654 m

Up

2,141' 653 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Watch out for rangers with radar guns (rare). Helmets required.

Overview

A 2,200' foot fire road climb to some great views of the Bay Area and Santa Cruz/Los Gatos mountains.

Need to Know

You cannot park at the dirt start...you must climb through neighborhoods to access. You can get a speeding ticket on the descent but it's rare. You can also get a ticket for not wearing a helmet as well as for wearing headphones.

Description

There are no big walls to contend with...just a steady grind. This ride can be very hot with loose dirt in the summer - there's little in the way of shade. It's definitely more of an 'exercise ride' with a long, sustained climb to top.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Davidson with improvements by Brad Erickson

Trail Ratings

  2.9 from 11 votes

#1

in Saratoga

#3226

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Half way mark
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA
Cool plants and stuff
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA
Almost there, few more switchbacks to the top!
Dec 15, 2014 near Monte S…, CA
view from top
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA

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Feb 21, 2021
ish ram
Parked at the base of Sheldon to save on time. It is a sea of green now
Oct 16, 2020
S H
13mi — 1h 30m
Jun 2, 2020
William Fulton
Hha
Nov 14, 2019
J Przy
Is how it sound, pretty much straight up and straight down.
Mar 24, 2019
Richard Patterson
Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
A LONG climb and a dexcent that should be faster, but isn't. Rocky and pretty, but also rutty and twisty. Mostly LONG.
Jul 28, 2018
Arthur Castro
Jun 16, 2018
Jason Smith
10mi — 1h 30m