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Kennedy Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.1 (7)

A classic Los Gatos fire road climb.


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.9

KM

Doubletrack

2,884' 879 m

High

800' 244 m

Low

2,266' 691 m

Up

226' 69 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Take paved Kennedy Road to the trailhead directly opposite Top of the Hill Road. The climb has three main segments, though most riders climb just the first two. The entire route is on a wide fire road. Most of the surface is packed dirt though in some places it turns rocky.

The trail begins with a flat and downhill section followed by a climb, then another downhill before the real climb begins. Some sections are quite steep. The first segment ends at a very large tree directly in the center of the trail.

Continuing from the tree, the trail alternates moderately steep climbs and a few flatter sections. There is a false summit at the peak of a steep hill, a brief fast descent, and then two very steep pitches in quick succession, one very short and the other longer and more challenging. These have grades above 25% with a rutted trail surface. At the top of the second pitch, the trail flattens as it approaches the Dogmeat intersection (upper Priest Rock Trail). Most riders descend Dogmeat or head back down Kennedy from this point. This is the meeting/celebration point for the annual Kennedy Turkey Day Ride.

Kennedy Trail continues past Dogmeat to the junction of Limekiln Trail and Woods Road. This section is like climbing a roller coaster, with some steep downhills followed by even steeper climbs. Two of the hills here rival the last one on the previous section for difficulty. At the end of Kennedy Trail, you can go left to complete the climb up to El Sombroso on Woods Road, and then descend toward Almaden Quicksilver Park at Hicks Road, or you can turn right to descend the Limekiln Trail.

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Craig Gleason

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  3.1 from 7 votes

#16579

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  3.1 from 7 votes
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Photos

View from the lookout off Kennedy Trail looking over Priest Rock Trail.
Jan 1, 2017 near Lexingt…, CA
Looking down at the "Dogmeat" section
Feb 2, 2018 near Lexingt…, CA
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Kennedy and Limekiln junction. with permission from Alexander Avtanski
Jun 27, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA
Working up the Kennedy Trail.
May 1, 2017 near Cambria…, CA
A view of the descent on the Kennedy Trail.
May 1, 2017 near Los Gatos, CA
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve - Kennedy Trail. with permission from Alexander Avtanski
Jun 27, 2016 near Lexingt…, CA

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Sep 18, 2018
Nigel Franklin
Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
Over 20 years in a row at Turkey Day Ride. Kenneedy is a tradition and a challenge. Great uphills, take Dogmeat/Overgrown down and be careful!
Jan 15, 2018
Trevor Salom
Nov 23, 2017
Jakob Jorgensen
Happy Thanksgiving! 4mi
Sep 7, 2017
Fredrik Jansson
Nov 6, 2016
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