5 miles
Distance
1,451 ft
Climb
-431 ft
Descent
00:38:13
Avg time

John Nicholas Details

  • Riding area
    Saratoga Gap
    Saratoga, California
  • 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
    #9281
  • 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
    00:38:13
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:19
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Status:
on Nov 3, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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John Nicholas Trail Reports

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Nov 3, 2017 @ 1:06am
Nov 3, 2017
Sep 25, 2017 @ 9:54am
Sep 25, 2017
Aug 22, 2017 @ 7:53pm
Aug 22, 2017
all clear. road / tree work on Black rd causing 5 minute delays.
Jul 3, 2017 @ 9:41am
Jul 3, 2017
The downed trees have been cleared, yet there are still signs saying that the trail is closed.
May 27, 2017 @ 12:37pm
May 27, 2017
Got stopped by a ranger when we got to the lake and threatened with getting sited. According to him there are signs posted at the black road...
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Sep 18, 2017 @ 4:15pm
Sep 18, 2017
John Nicholas, San Jose
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Sep 18, 2017 @ 4:14pm
Sep 18, 2017
John Nicholas, San Jose
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Sep 18, 2017 @ 4:13pm
Sep 18, 2017
John Nicholas, San Jose
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Sep 18, 2017 @ 4:12pm
Sep 18, 2017
John Nicholas, San Jose

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