4.7 miles
Distance
1,451 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
00:32:28
Avg time

John Nicholas Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2895
  • 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
    3.1 miles
  • Distance down
    1.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,665 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:28
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:20
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Status:
on May 3, 2017
Dry
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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John Nicholas Trail Reports

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May 3, 2017 @ 11:44pm
May 3, 2017
Like others recently said, first 1/4 mile from the entrance on Black Rd is pretty gnarly, unrideable tree falls across the fire road and some...
Mar 27, 2017 @ 3:48pm
Mar 27, 2017
Large trees down across trail at basically at all access road creek gullies washouts/landslides from Blacks to the base of the trail. At least a...
Mar 27, 2017 @ 3:46pm
Mar 27, 2017
Large trees down across trail at basically access road creek gullies from the lake to the base of the trail. At least a half dozen hike-overs. ...
Jan 28, 2017 @ 3:59pm
Jan 28, 2017
Here is some pics of whet you have to deal with.
Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:38am
Jan 28, 2017
6 or so large downed trees at the beginning (1st 1/4 mile). After that it is all good. Some wet spots, and wet leaves.
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Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:03am
Feb 11, 2017
John Nicholas, Gilroy
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Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:03am
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John Nicholas, Gilroy
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Jan 28, 2017 @ 10:39am
Jan 28, 2017
John Nicholas, My City
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Nov 26, 2016 @ 9:34pm
Nov 26, 2016
John Nicholas, Mountain View

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