2,861 ft
Distance
7 ft
Climb
-190 ft
Descent
00:08:15
Avg time

Headbanger's Ball Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Sugarloaf Mountain
    San Mateo, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #97854 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Very narrow trail with lots of poison oak on the sides.

Note: The name of this trail is not an accident. There are many low branches and tree trunks this trail passes under which add to the character and challenge (and fun). Watch your head.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Headbanger's Ball mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -183 ft
  • Altitude min
    227 ft
  • Altitude max
    410 ft
  • Altitude start
    410 ft
  • Altitude end
    226 ft
  • Grade
    -6.4%
  • Grade max
    -27.5%
  • Grade min
    6.6%
  • Distance climb
    226 ft
  • Distance down
    2,405 ft
  • Distance flat
    233 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:19:10
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Status:
on Mar 1, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Radar Time
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to headbanger-s-ball-156731 trailhead (37.514840, -122.320170)
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      Headbanger's Ball Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Mar 1, 2021 @ 8:34pm
      30 mins
      Dry and hardpacked
      Nov 11, 2020 @ 12:11pm
      Nov 11, 2020
      Watch out for the dry leaves around the corners
      Sep 23, 2020 @ 5:02pm
      Sep 23, 2020
      Sep 16, 2020 @ 5:52pm
      Sep 16, 2020
      Sep 2, 2020 @ 4:49pm
      Sep 2, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 6 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 74 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 158 rides
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      Photos

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      160 |
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 4:04pm
      Jun 15, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Sugarloaf All Trail Loop
      12 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      abarisone (Mar 28, 2020 at 9:52)
       Only reason this trail would be considered black is due to how narrow the track is. It's otherwise pretty simple...feels like more of a traverse trail than the gradient chart indicates as a consistent downhill. Definitely accurate comments re: poison oak.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      SamDarbonne Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 17, 2020 at 14:14)
       Aptly named trail with the low hanging branches but a bit of a stretch to call it a black.
      [Reply]

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