Belgatos Park - Trail, Los Gatos, California

Belgatos Park - Trail, Los Gatos, California

DESCRIPTION

This isn't exactly destination mountain biking, but if you live in the neighborhood and you like to mtb, get off your tookas. Belgatos is comprised of a small network of uncrowded, narrow fire roads. There are very few flat sections and there are a few short, but steep sections. A ranger once told me the 1st switchback on the climb of Santa Rosa trail was 18 degrees. The trails of Belgatos aren't very technical, except for the occasional root, sandy-gravelly switchbacks, and seasonal erosion grooves (these usually get repaired every spring).

Santa Rosa trail can also be used as an approach to Shannon Rd, Kennedy Rd. and the infamous Sierra Azul for mtbikers that live in the glorious Cambrian neighborhood of San Jose.

Other trails include the Ridge trail that connects Harwood to Belgatos park. If you start at Harwood, this fire road undulates along a ridge (duh) before a final steep plunge to BG park.

The adjacent Heintz Open Space is closed to mountain bikers, but it is similar in size and trail profile compared to Belgatos...or so I have been told.

Rangers report a new trail will be opened in early 2007 at the very top of Harwood, just beyond the fire gates. This appears it will be a mellow switchback fire road connecting Harwood and Hicks Rd.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 14, 2018]
Dave_15

Strength:

Going downhill here from Santa Rosa Dr to the parking lot is quite fun, and suitable for most beginners.

Weakness:

The park is a bit small and only takes a few minutes to descend from south to north. Also there are wooden planks in the middle of the trail sometimes, which can slow down descent.

OVERALL
RATING
4
[Jun 22, 2011]
Barefoot Suzy
Weekend Warrior

I live 5 minutes from the Walgreens Plaza, so gave it a try. The uphill on Harwood is steep, but, once you're onto the paved Ridge Trail, it is a serious 8 minutes of huffnpuff. Did one of the reviewers below call it 18 degrees? Sounds about right. Then the downhill into Belgatos Park is quite steep and narrow, but it was a nice hour on my bike.

Will be trying the Hicks Road option tomorrow. Stay tuned....

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 03, 2010]
Jim Handy
Weekend Warrior

For a map of the trails that link Belgatos Park to the Heintz, Santa Rosa, and Shannon Open Spaces see:

http://www.tinyURL.com/Belgatos2

This shows all the trails on Blossom Hill.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 20, 2008]
yamaboy2000
Weekend Warrior

very short trail system, one can cover all legal trails in about .45-1.5 hours. I would consider it to be more of a excercise walking path for the surrounding neighbor hood. Good place if you don't have much time for a ride or are in need of some dirt testing needing a bit of up hill strain and fair down hill angle descend

Customer Service

try it both ways, either make a right turn at the trail entrance on harwood descending to belgatos park and up to serra azule rd or go straight at trail head up old steep asphault rd to santa rosa dr to serria azule dr and descend from there back to BG park and up to harwood.

Similar Products Used:

saint joseph hill-jones trail-limekiln-kennedy-priest rock-overgrown-monteviena

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 30, 2007]
andrew
Downhiller

the trails are great, usually for intermediate riders, due to the steep sections and loose switchbacks. some of the switchbacks are too loose to really ride, i've gone sliding a lot on these switchbacks. But the view is great

Customer Service

the new trail that connects to hicks Rd.

Similar Products Used:

Almaden Quicksilver mines

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 24, 2007]
J Stewart
Cross Country Rider

Ok for a workout if you live in the area, but it does not rate 5 chili's. Trails are steep, exposed, mostly loose fire roads w/ a lot of off camber turns - there is only the bad kind of excitement to be had here. If you are looking for some steep climbs, decent views, and you live in the area, then give it a shot. Otherwise, I would skip it.

Customer Service

They are all very similar, so pick your poison.

Similar Products Used:

Try the trails in the Demonstration wilderness if you want something with some technical challenge and stunts. Try the Saratoga Gap, or El Corta Madera areas if you want XC single track.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 24, 2006]
FoggyGoggles
Cross Country Rider

Dirt, gravel, sand, and bark ascents and descents.

Customer Service

Start at Walgreen's plaza at Harwood and Blossom Hill Road. Ride up the paved Harwood Road. Turn right onto the dirt Ridge trail and get ready for a party. Ride Ridge trail down to a flat section, take the left fork just after the flat section, and before the steep plunge to the park. Cross the foot bridge then climb to Santa Rosa trail. Take the switchback trails up and up. At the top of the third switch back there is another fork in the road. If you go left you can ride a few rollers to Santa Rosa road and beyond to Shannon road and Kennedy road. If you go right at the top of the switch backs you can ride 0.1 miles to the edge of the forbidden Heintz Open Space. Absolutely do not ride your mountain bike in this open space reserved for hikers and equestrians. You must not ride the Sky Line and Valley View Trails in a one mile loop. There is no way you should ever drop down the Valley View Trail to Regent Drive. If you find yourself at the top of the paved Regent Drive and surrounded by cookie cutter million dollar homes, don't even think about riding up the Vista Trail.

Similar Products Used:

Kennedy and the Sierra Azul network. Quicksilver. El Sereno.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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