5 miles
Distance
1,451 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
00:46:18
Avg time

John Nicholas Details

  • Riding area
    Saratoga Gap
    Saratoga, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #9823
  • Year Opened
    2014
  • Land Manager

From Black Road to the reservoir this is a dirt road, but from the reservoir up to Skyline this is one of the premiere maintained singletrack rides in the Bay Area. Purpose built by Santa Clara County as a bicycle connector trail - also used by hikers. Surface is smooth enough and often used by CX bikes, and even the more adventurous road biker. The gradient is only steep in one or two short sections.

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More Stats for John Nicholas mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,020 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,787 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,912 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,891 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,912 ft
  • Grade
    4.09%
  • Grade max
    -24.815%
  • Grade min
    42.7%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,665 ft
  • Avg time
    00:46:18
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:19
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Status:
on Apr 19, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to john-nicholas trailhead (37.205739, -122.037549)
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John Nicholas Trail Reports

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Apr 19, 2018 @ 2:37pm
Apr 19, 2018
Nice and tacks. Two tiny mud puddles. One Tree down and has been sawed, but stump impedes trail.
Apr 5, 2018 @ 7:06am
Apr 5, 2018
Very Good condition.
Mar 18, 2018 @ 8:20am
Mar 18, 2018
muddy spots
Nov 3, 2017 @ 1:06am
Nov 3, 2017
Sep 25, 2017 @ 9:54am
Sep 25, 2017
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Dec 9, 2017 @ 9:42pm
Dec 9, 2017
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Dec 9, 2017 @ 9:29pm
Dec 9, 2017
John Nicholas, Palo Alto

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