Priest Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,962' 598 m
Descent: -99' -30 m
High: 2,609' 795 m
Low: 746' 227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A very difficult fire road ascent or a white-knuckle descent.”— Craig Gleason
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
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).
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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks