5 miles
Distance
1,451 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
00:59:39
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
    #12226 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    00:59:39
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:19
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Status:
on Jan 22, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
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Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      John Nicholas Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jan 22, 2019 @ 9:13pm
      1 days
      Just abit muddy but it definitely gives a different riding experience. Overall still rideable!!
      Nov 24, 2018 @ 11:24am
      Nov 24, 2018
      Grip galore
      Oct 23, 2018 @ 9:41am
      Oct 23, 2018
      very dry dusty and slick
      Aug 2, 2018 @ 8:06pm
      Aug 2, 2018
      Down tree on the trail
      Jul 30, 2018 @ 5:35pm
      Jul 30, 2018
      Downed tree close to where the single track meets the fire road
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 111 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 467 rides
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      Photos

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      39 |
      Jun 9, 2018 @ 12:59pm
      Jun 9, 2018
      John Nicholas, My City
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      Jun 9, 2018 @ 12:59pm
      Jun 9, 2018
      John Nicholas, My City
      162 |
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 9:42pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      John Nicholas, Palo Alto
      168 |
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 9:38pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      | 1 comments John Nicholas, Palo Alto

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag jefe (May 9, 2018 at 14:07)
       Super fun trail for what it is. This is the perfect trail to take someone on their first ride on; they will love it! Some fun turns for you too.
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