Kennedy - TRAIL

Kennedy - Trail, Los Gatos, California

Long climb. Not technical on the way up. Can be moderately technical on the way down depending which way you go.

User Reviews (21)

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Dion   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2012]

This trail is extremely boring with no pay off. And by "pay off" I mean all you get is a climb: no single track, no technical... nothing. The only good thing about this trail, and the entire trail system out here, is that 1) it's a grueling climb and 2) it doesn't close in the rain. I guess if you are into this kind of cardio stuff, it's good.

This trail is as easy or as hard as you make it. If you go at a Turkey Day Group Ride pace, it is very easy. If you're trying to break a Strava record, it's hard.

My local Santa Teresa County Park does close in the rain, so this is the alternative to road riding. Leave your full suspension all mountain bike at home, it isn't necessary for Kennedy, and in fact, a CX bike is the best tool for this job, because all it really is is a "dirty road ride". Integrating this trail into an epic 'cross ride could be cool... but for a true MTB trail I just say "meh".

People like this trail due to the fact that it doesn't close, or maybe they may live by it... but ultimately there are Strava climbing records to break, especially DogMeat. I guess if you're into all that, this is great, but personally I hate climbing if there isn't going to be at least one "fun" section to play with. when I ride this trail, I feel like I'm on a hamster wheel.

Unfortunately I have to give it a "2" for the boring factor. Unless the other trails are closed, it isn't worth riding this, especially on a mountain bike. CX bike, maybe.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom, point your bike upward, and start pedaling.

Similar Products Used: Santa Teresa County Park
Almaden Quicksilver
St. Joe's
Saratoga Gap
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Tjay   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2011]

This trail is good for training. If you only have one day to ride and have fun, this is not the trail. Go elsewhere like Saratoga Gap or Skeggs. Uphill is very hot (summer time/no shade), long and can be steep at times. Downhill has loose rocks and very shady. Make sure to bring your clean lenses because it get real dark when going to dog meat. I think that's what they call that single track trail.

4 for aerobic: because towards the end the are two killer climbs. At least for me when using 32/32 gearing.

3 for technical: Only when descending. Tons of loose rocks and steep descend.

3 for overall rating: This is not a trail you want to go on a weekend with your friends/family. This is the trail you go on, on a weekday for training. Up or down, it's not fun. This is just like Mission Peak but a little easier.

Similar Products Used: Steven's Canyon
Canada de Oro
Mission Peak
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
stiletto   Cross Country Rider [Sep 07, 2008]

Great training ride, no matter how you climb to the top of Sierra Azul. Boring, yes, but, sometimes when you're training, you gotta take your medicine, no matter how boring the ride may be. Just do it.

Customer Service

1. up from kennedy, to the top of priest rock, hang a right and grab your nuts...go right on limekiln or straight down priest rock, both dump you on alma bridge road, by lexington reservoir. ride back to your car.

2. up from kennedy, same as above, go past priest rock, ride along the ridge an additional mile or so to the limekiln/woods trail/powerpoles junction, from here, you can go right on limekiln, bomb down to lexington, or, if you want to really put in some mileage: go left on woods, down to the top of hicks, cross the road to quicksilver, now ride back down to either the mockingbird entrance or, the hacienda entrance, ride home or back to your car along almaden road to camden, to shannon, to kennedy trailhead.

3. start from lexington and, from the limekiln gate (SA 1 I think? ) climb: limekiln to woods/kennedy junction (5+miles of climbing) to the top go left and take kennedy trail along the ridge, to the top of priest rock, go left, go down priest rock, go right on limekiln, back down to where you started.










Similar Products Used: Stevens Canyon, Montebello, Long Ridge, UCSC, Santa Teresa
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
pmarshall   Cross Country Rider [Nov 08, 2007]

When most people go to this trail and try it for the first time, they either throw the bike off a cliff or come back. Let's be real honest here people, this trail is damm hard on the way up. The climbs makes you want to tap unknown sources in your body and use that energy to kick your so-called friend in nutz. Try many different styles going up such as; don't go to granny gear (stay in middle front chainring) and see how far you can go. Try just regualar riding and make it up without stopping. Or like many crazy dudes out there- single speed it up. Whatever you do= have fun and watch your speed= lots off camber turns that will push you into a berm, Speed contol and brake work will get you back down.

Customer Service

it's all steep-doesn't matter

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
paul marshall   Cross Country Rider [Nov 03, 2007]

There isn't much that has not been said about this trail. If I could describe it in three words it would be-Hard, long, harder! This ride is a good fitness indicator or prep ride for a weekend outing on your rig. I set small goals for some rides up. Finish without stopping or don't go to 3rd ring. Yes I know some single speeder is laughing it up but it is even hard for then. also try to time yourself. i have made 10 min differences on days. weather and mental tenacity have a lot to do with ride.

Customer Service

drive summit road to highland road an go as far as you can, Get out and peddle the rest.

Similar Products Used: Saratoga gap
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
FoggyGoggles   Cross Country Rider [Dec 22, 2006]

After rain ride: Kennedy has been reviewed to death but I would like to add that Kennedy trail has a reputation of maintaining good condition after a rain since the soil is so rocky and the pitches so steep. Kennedy lived up to its reputation today. The National Weather Service reported that the Sierra Azul area got 0.2 to 0.5 inches of rain last night. I rode up Kennedy today (blue sky, 55deg F)and the trail was perfect: grippy and very few soupy sections. The bottom line was that at the end of the ride there was little to no dirt or mud on my drive train, and that helps the wallet in the long run, right?

Saw a cyclocross dude and a freakin' single speeder climbing Kennedy. WTF? Skillz!

I give it a 5 for aerobic difficulty due to the "Wall" near the Kennedy-Priest Rock junction. There are more "walls" if you continue up the ridgeline past Priest Rock towards the power poles. If you clean all those walls between the Priest Rock and Limekiln trail junctions, hats off to you.

Similar Products Used: Belgatos!
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
DownhillSteve   [Mar 31, 2000]

It's a great workout. The view can be amazing too when you get closer to the top.

Customer Service

Start at downtown Los Gatos. Bike up to the trailhead. Start climbing - it's about 2000 feet of climbing over four miles. For the most part not too steep except for two short sections but it is looong!

Similar Products Used: Overgrown. Priest Rock. St. Joes.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Meat   [May 07, 2000]

Fast, once you get the trails wired. Loose and rutted on the Steeper areas, not for Beginners

Customer Service

Up Kennedy, Down Dogmeat, back up Powerpoles to Roller Coaster and Down Kennedy,

Similar Products Used: The west side of the ridge has more trails to play on as well
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Meat   [May 07, 2000]

Fast, once you get the trails wired. Loose and rutted on the Steeper areas, not for Beginners

Customer Service

Up Kennedy, Down Dogmeat, back up Powerpoles to Roller Coaster and Down Kennedy,

Similar Products Used: The west side of the ridge has more trails to play on as well
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
George   [Jun 06, 2000]

Just a plain ol' fire road. Starts out with a climb and then goes down a number of ways. Quite boring. Only worth a damn if you want a workout. The downhill is loose if you go down the backside but so what, slow down and it's not a problem. I guess there is some singletrack up there but the guy I rode with, who was from Los Gatos, didn't know where it was.

Customer Service

None.. don't bother.

Similar Products Used: Drive to some singletrack.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
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