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Priest Rock Trail

 3.4 (7)

4.1 Miles 6.6 Kilometers


Doubletrack

1,962' 598 m

Ascent

-99' -30 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

2,609' 795 m

High

746' 227 m

Low

Shared By Craig Gleason

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A very difficult fire road ascent or a white-knuckle descent.

Craig Gleason

Dogs Leashed

Features eMTB allowed

Description

For the most difficult climb in the Los Gatos area, follow Alma Bridge Road along the east side of the reservoir. Skip the first trailhead which is the Limekiln Trail, and take the second one to Priest Rock. The ascent has two parts: A steep, non-technical fire road to the Limekiln junction, and an even steeper, loose, rocky and rutted fire road ascent along a ridge to the Kennedy Trail.

Lower Priest Rock begins as a steep climb, lets up for a while, and then presents a 22-25% grade for a hundred yards or so. Above this it lets up a bit but continues to climb steeply. Finally cresting this hill, you have views of the upper part of the trail as you descend to the junction with the Limekiln Trail.

The upper part of the trail is known as Dogmeat which is equally apt riding up or down. Few riders attempt to climb this trail and very few can climb it without putting a foot down. It includes several loose and rutted sections with grades over 25%, and a brutal last half mile to the top.

Dogmeat is most often used as a downhill segment for riders climbing the Kennedy Trail. Lower Priest Rock is often looped with the Overgrown trail (the local name for lower Limekiln Trail).

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
Why climb this when Limekiln (Overgrown) is there! I go up Overgrown or Kennedy and come down Priest Rock. Watch out - upper section is ROCKY!!!
Nov 12, 2016
ebtokyo mtb

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Chris M  
Should this be marked as doubletrack? That's what the pictures look like. If it is a mix, is it majority doubletrack? Sep 13, 2018
Yes, it's all doubletrack. I've submitted a request to fix the description. Sep 13, 2018

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