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Skyline Trail

 11 votes

6.1 Miles 9.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

687' 209 m

Ascent

-892' -272 m

Descent

3,091' 942 m

High

2,646' 806 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Unknown

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A ridgetop ride along the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Eric Decker

Overview

Please stay off trails marked "no bikes."
Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: Leashed

Description

From Hwy 35 at Black Road, proceed north on Hwy 35. On the right-hand side of the road will be parking at Sunnyvale Mountain. The trailhead is on the northern side of the parking lot.

The main trail is a combination of old logging road and singletrack. Follow the ridgetop as the trail winds among various hills and dales. Here you'll encounter some climbing, but mostly a very nice beginner trail. Some of the climbing can be a bit much for beginners, but it's all walkable and certainly not too long.

Skyline makes for a very nice out and back, riding from parking lot to parking lot. Most of the time you feel quite deep in the trees.

Note that in one section near the Summit Rock Parking Area, bikes are not allowed on the trail and must exit to the road for a short distance before re-entering the trail. This routing is well marked and serves to separate hiking and biking traffic over a short stretch.
For its duration, you'll experience gorgeous views of the Santa Clara Valley and sandstone rock formations.

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Jan 15, 2018
Clark Satcher
Jan 15, 2018
Mary Ellen Goodwin
Oct 22, 2017
Karolis Karalevičius
Dry, great condition
Oct 1, 2017
Arto K
Sep 16, 2017
James Marinas
Sep 2, 2017
Sergio Herrera
It's in my Strava but from Skyline we dropped into John Nicholas and back. Great ride as usual and the best way to get out of the 100+ temperatures
Jun 4, 2017
Ignacio Gonzalez
Do only south-north. Otherwise super technical
May 21, 2017
Jon Eby
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Really fun evening riding mountain bikes on the Skyline Trail above Saratoga. Started at junction of Highway 9 and 35, rode south on 35 to Indian Rock, further south on Skyline Trail to the top of Sunnyvale Mount, then back 6.5 miles on the trail the whole way along fire roads and singletrack. Really glad this trail was opened to biking last year, it's a great afterwork 2 hours of fun with the option of some great bouldering along the way. Mar 18, 2016

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