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John Nicholas Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,127' 343 m
Descent: -110' -34 m
High: 2,911' 887 m
Low: 1,799' 548 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A fun trail connecting Black Rd to Skyline Trail with some great views and beautiful redwood forest.

Kristen Arendt

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

While the climb on the way out is steady, it isn't steep so you can enjoy the views along the way.

Description

This trail starts from the gate on Black Road, where you can park. The first 1.5 miles of trail is fairly flat on a well-maintained fire road, meandering through the forest. At about 1.5 miles, you'll reach the Ranch Lake Reservoir, where you may find some wildlife (deer, rabbits, and skunks). After going around the reservoir, you'll see a steep fire road on the right dropping down to Sanborn Rd.

Instead, you'll veer left and start climbing up a section of the trail along a small creek. This section of trail is about 4' wide, with a few wooden bridges and benches under heavy tree cover. The climb is fairly gradual with only a couple of steeper sections. As you climb higher, there will be a couple good vista points to enjoy.

After about 5 miles, you'll reach Skyline Trail. Keep right on Skyline and you'll reach the parking lot on Skyline Blvd. From there you can run back down the way you came.

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Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

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Nice craftsmanship on the bridges at the base of the John Nicholas Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Monte S…, CA
View from the crest of John Nicholas Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Monte S…, CA
Gate entrance on Black Road.
Oct 13, 2016 near Monte S…, CA
John Nicholas Trail.
Oct 13, 2016 near Monte S…, CA

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