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John Nicholas Trail

 28 votes

Length

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


Doubletrack

Elevation

1,193' 364 m

Ascent

-171' -52 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

2,914' 888 m

High

1,795' 547 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 64 days ago
Dry: Perfect Riding History

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Fun new trail connecting Black Rd. to Skyline Trail - some great views and beautiful redwood forest.

Marco Soldano

Overview

Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: Leashed

Description

This trail starts from the gate on Black Road, where you can park or ride up from Lexington reservoir. The first 1.5mi of trail is fairly flat on a well maintained fireroad, meandering through the forest. At about 1.5mi you'll reach the Ranch Lake reservoir, where you may find some wildlife (deer, rabbits and skunks). After going around the reservoir, you'll see a steep fireroad on the right dropping down to Sanborn Rd.

Instead, you'll veer left and start climbing up to the new section of the trail along a small creek. The new trail is about 4' wide, with a few wooden bridges and benches under heavy tree cover. The climb is fairly gradual with only a couple of steeper sections. As you climb higher there will be a couple good vista points to enjoy.

After about 5 miles you'll reach Skyline trail. This trail has been only recently opened to bikes. Keep right on Skyline and you'll reach the parking lot on Skyline Blvd. From there you can ride back down the way you came, or, if you prefer, make a loop on the road by turning left on Skyline and another left on Black Road for a beautiful paved descent to your car. There are some sections without a dividing line - and some sneaky corners - so it can be wise to use a bit of caution.

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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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Mar 17, 2018
James Bishop
Combined with Skyline trail as an out and back. 17.1mi
Feb 18, 2018
Cam Martinez
Beginners may need to walk up, but all levels can enjoy the fun going down!
Feb 17, 2018
Mihaela Popescu Stanesti
To skyline trail and back 11.6mi
Feb 11, 2018
Hal Black
Feb 4, 2018
Jessica Ma
5.1mi
Jan 1, 2018
Yaron Zakai-Or
Dec 29, 2017
Arto K
Dec 28, 2017
Ryan Rogers

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  4.7 from 28 votes

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  4.7 from 28 votes
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in California

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Nick Oxsen
San Jose, CA
Nick Oxsen   San Jose, CA
This trail was purpose built with mountain bikes in mind. It's fairly smooth (though the recent rain as exposed more rocks) and flowy, providing a continuous descent all the way down to Lake Ranch. You have the choice of starting from the top at the Sunnyvale Mountain trailhead and doing the downhill first or start at Black rd trailhead and earn your downhill with a good climb. Apr 24, 2017
I created a downhill video (one take) on this trail. It sure is a lot of fun down this trail. I went up on Black Road and came down on the trail. youtu.be/kLhtSQzfJEw Dec 16, 2017
Watch out for speed traps, passed a ranger with a radar gun on the climb up. Apr 3, 2018

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