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John Nicholas to Skyline Shuttle

Intermediate
 3.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great shuttle run that allows you to enjoy all that the John Nicholas Trail has to offer!


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

92%

Runnable

2,906' 886 m

High

1,798' 548 m

Low

1,141' 348 m

Up

167' 51 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This shuttle allows for an easy day-run on a fun trail connecting Black Rd to Skyline Trail with some great views and beautiful redwood forest.

Runner Notes

If you are looking for a longer run, do this as an out and back for a great 10 miler.

Description

Park one car at the trailhead for the Skyline Trail and then drive to the trailhead for the John Nicholas Trail off of Black Road.

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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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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