John Nicholas Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
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John Nicholas Trail is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Saratoga, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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From the south (Black Rd.) mostly wooded, flat trail along a dirt service road. From the north (Sanborn Rd.) wooded, but all uphill hike on service road along creek canyon. Lake is usually low, but nice place for a picnic. Some nice flowers around dam during spring/summer, and usually see whitetail deer around, as well as the waterfowl on the lake. Some ruins of an old farm/ranch house or mill, and some old farm equipment just north of the dam. They are also building some trail which connects with Skyline trail at Sunnyvale Mountain (about 6 miles of mostly ascending hike.)

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2 months ago

Awesome trail. First part is ascending, returning is a great incline hike. Only saw 5 people on it the whole time.

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3 months ago

Fun ride must have mosquito repellent.

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6 months ago

Great trail for hiking and also biking I'm sure. Trail in very good condition and it surely does not feel like 10 miles and 1500 ft in elevation change. It flows so good that you feel the time just flies by...

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Sun Apr 22 2018

Lots of mountain bikers. Hot and dry.

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Thu Aug 03 2017

John NIcholas Trail is a popular mountain bike trail, covering 5.3 miles from Sunnyvale Mountain Parking Lot (on Skyline Blvd) to Black Road parking lot. Instead of doing an out & back hike, I created a loop by completing the hike on Black Road & Skyline Blvd, both of which are scenic and have only light road traffic. John NIcholas trail goes through shaded oak woodlands, redwoods, interesting rock formations and by Lake Ranch reservoir. Detailed Blog: http://shompens.com/canvas/1464316819697

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recorded John Nicholas Trail

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