Sierra Azul - TRAIL

Sierra Azul - Trail, Almaden/Los Gatos, California

Fire road very cool views lots of different trees, Oak, pine, eucoliptus. Creeks and some wild life. Enter on HIcks Rd and the first part of your ride is downhill to the creek and then a climb up. You can ride Woods Trail from Hicks Rd all the way to Lexington Reservoir. You can also enter on Lexington side as well.

User Reviews (3)

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jimlin   Cross Country Rider [May 10, 2010]

Another wide fire road. I rode this starting from Alma Bridge Rd. on top on Lexington Reservoir. Priest Rock Trail had shade at the bottom third of the trail and then no shade the rest of way to the peak. The sun beat down on me like it was shining through a magnifying glass focused on an ant. The seemingly neverending 2000-ft. climb is steep and nothing short of grueling. I did not have a fun time making my way to the top, but the ride down is a blast. The climb from the Kennedy Trail side is shaded all the way and is less steep; I should've taken that route. Views from the top are nice, but not worth the marathon type of ride. Avoid this if you are a casual rider.

Customer Service

Start from Kennedy Rd. and ride Kennedy Trail to the peak. Take Priest Rock Trail down all the way or switch over halfway down to the Limekiln trail.

Similar Products Used: St. Joseph's Hill.
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3
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5
Biking Brazilian   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2007]

Your standard run-of-the-mill cardio ride. Very scenic and very rewarding, however not very technically challenging. However, the section called Dogmeat, which is the first trail to your right as you ride up Kennedy Trail, is rather challenging, if only for the high-speed descent and off-camber turns.

Rangers generally don't patrol this area, so feel free to go past the 15MPH posted speed limit.

The Limekiln and Priest Rock Trails are always empty, which is a nice respite from the crowded St. Joseph's OSP, where spandex-clad female walkers decide that walking side-by-side, four abreast across a trail is a nice way to share the trail. To make matters worse, there is usually four rangers behind every tree wielding radar guns and issuing $190 citations for speeding while horses walk by and drop immense quantities of dung without having to pickup after themeselves--yet dogs can't so much as look into most open space preserves let alone go in them. However, equestrians are generally wealthy people and money buys representation on the boards of most of these open space organizations.



Customer Service

Stay on Hwy. 17 and go directly to Santa Cruz, and ride there instead.

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4
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4
tboneclement   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2006]

I only rode 6 miles after work the place was empty not a person in site except an Mtn. Lion. Fire rode but the start is downhill to a creek and then you can climb forever. The views are excellent and you are in sun/shade the whole way. Alot of trees and vegitation.

Customer Service

Woods Trail...

Similar Products Used: Quicksilver, Pacheco Park ( HWY 152 )
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4
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3
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