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greenBlue John Nicholas Trail


5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,193' 364 m
Descent: -171' -52 m
High: 2,914' 888 m
Low: 1,795' 547 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by Marco Soldano

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

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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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Jul 15, 2019
Javier Fernandez-Ivern
Jul 6, 2019
Uri Tal
Jun 23, 2019
AlOx Beak
Lmao, either some of y'all have thunder thighs or need to redefine "mostly flat"! Awesome trail, this is def. my go to trail so far!!
Jun 16, 2019
Marcelo A
May 12, 2019
Anthony Campbell
Nice workout amazing scenery nice atmosphere great location and parking is a little tuff 5.1mi — 1h 30m
May 5, 2019
Inkuk Kang
So far best!!! 11mi
Apr 29, 2019
Alec Cielinski
Apr 28, 2019
Pejman Khosropour

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