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Skyline Trail

Intermediate

Trail

6.1 mile 9.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 687' 209 m
Descent: -892' -272 m
High: 3,091' 942 m
Low: 2,646' 806 m

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Eric Decker

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

Eric Decker

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Please stay off trails marked "no bikes."

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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May 24, 2020
Matt Poland
Great and challenging out-and-back for a beginner mountain biker. Gorgeous scenery and couple of walkable little techy sections. 6mi — 2h 15m
Nov 3, 2019
Abhijit Patil
6.6mi — 1h 30m
Oct 20, 2019
Get Out There!
Oct 19, 2019
Terje Bergstrom
Aug 3, 2019
Daryl Concepcion
6.1mi — 1h 30m
Jul 24, 2019
Gene Steagall
fun flowy sections about 3 to 4 miles in 5mi — 1h 30m
Jun 12, 2019
Aswin Rao
6.2mi — 0h 50m
Apr 28, 2019
Pejman Khosropour

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  4.1 from 22 votes

#676

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#50

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#676

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What the road section of the Skyline Trail lacks in singletrack, it makes up for with expansive mountain views.
Dec 18, 2016 near Saratoga, CA
Some great views from the Skyline Trail!
Apr 24, 2015 near Saratoga, CA

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