3 miles
Distance
1,219 ft
Climb
-148 ft
Descent
00:52:41
Avg time

John Nicholas Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Saratoga Gap
    Saratoga, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Green (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #12226 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 85 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,071 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,843 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,914 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,843 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,914 ft
  • Grade
    7.264%
  • Grade max
    -24.469%
  • Grade min
    45.99%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2,299 ft
  • Distance flat
    544 ft
  • Avg time
    00:52:41
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:44
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Status:
on May 20, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.55 (13 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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  • < 50%
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  • < 1 month
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  • Both Directions
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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      John Nicholas Trail Reports

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      May 20, 2020 @ 3:15pm
      May 20, 2020
      Tree down at the top
      Apr 26, 2020 @ 12:26pm
      Apr 26, 2020
      Climb from the trail head at the end of Sanborn Road is a grind right from the start. No warm-up, just hits you with a pretty decent grade of...
      Apr 17, 2020 @ 5:28pm
      Apr 17, 2020
      Still open, a LOT of people even on a Friday afternoon. Ride slow and BE CAREFUL.
      Apr 11, 2020 @ 7:57pm
      Apr 11, 2020
      Wet in 2 or 3 spots. Lots of people out during covid disaster. Man this trail is so ripping fun.
      Apr 4, 2020 @ 11:42am
      Apr 4, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 23 rides
      • 21 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 348 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 467 rides
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      Photos

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      20 |
      Mar 29, 2020 @ 5:22pm
      Mar 29, 2020
      44 |
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 1:12pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      68 |
      Jul 7, 2019 @ 3:54pm
      Jul 7, 2019
      53 |
      May 23, 2019 @ 7:01am
      May 23, 2019

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      3 Reviews & 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Murchhacho (Nov 14, 2019 at 22:57)
       I have parked at the end of Sanborn and ridden to the top with the benches overlooking the valley 19/30 days this month. 5.9 miles out and back. 1500 feet of elevation change. It’s literally all downhill on the way back to the car when you park on Sanborn. Ride up as far as you can. When you’re tired there are benches along the way. Work your way up and any time you decide you’re tired just turn around and coast back to the car! This can be a FAST trail with great berms and some natural jumps. Some parts are definitely not for beginners. There are fast technical sections with roots, rocks and then it goes into switchbacks, there are huge high speed sweeping turns between Douglas furs and redwoods. There are some tight spots on some fast bumpy sections where you have to go between trees. I always try to push myself a little more each time. This is like the Nurburgring of mtb trails.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag dmoscoso (Apr 9, 2020 at 8:19)
       Loved this trail! Went the day after it had rained and the trail was already nice and dry. The climb up is nice and long, reminds me of Tiger Mountain in Washington state. Doable for all kinds of bikers. The way down is fast and windy, which is fantastic! Be careful with hikers though. It’s a shared trail. We had to hard tails going up but we saw e-bikes and full suspensions on the trail. Good for a kinds. We took out time, so went up in about 1 hour. But others went up much faster.
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