From the sunken parking lot, ride farther into the park on the paved road. Take the ?Canyon? Trail (dirt road), which goes off to the left from the paved road, and then starts a long (10 to 20 minute) climb up into the park. There isn't much shade on this climb, and it can be unpleasantly hot. At the top of the climb, there are some oak trees and some great views. The road continues along the ridge with some downs-and-ups (mostly up), and a couple of roads descend to the left as you climb to the junction with the Lookout Trail. Just above the Lookout trail, there is a wide flat spot, and a short singletrack descends from it to the Lookout trail. [Option: take Lookout trail, it returns to this main trail a ways farther down.] Continue on the ridge trail as it descends to the gate into the Garrod Stables property. Cross into that area, and at the "Nob Hill" sign, climb UP the challenging singletrack. (Or, you can go around Nob Hill by veering left here.) From the top of the hill, go on down the other side, where we rejoin the weenie trail around Nob hill. Go on and then bear left, and this trail hits a tee intersection. (A left would take you down (and up) some fun singletrack, but that's for another day.) Turn right at that tee, and you will descend on singletrack along the fence at the edge of the park. You'll pass through a gate, and come to a very steep downhill section (again, there is a bunny trail around the worst part) with some wooden waterbars with dropoffs on the downhill sides. Get some speed on the last bit of this section so that you can climb the short but challenging hill to the water tower. After that, the trail goes out to a road (Parker Ranch Court, I believe), then back onto trail along next to the golf course. The trail here has a short section of paved singletrack! After it goes back out to the road again, you have to do a few kilometers of road riding (bear left onto Parker Ranch Court, then left onto a short (unnamed?) road that crosses the creek, and then left onto Prospect Road). At the end of Prospect Road, you are at "the Prospect side". Go on up the (paved) hill, turn right onto the trail/road that then continues up into the park. At the top of this trail (a grassy knoll we'll call "Point A"), turn right. This takes you out towards the Bay, to a complex junction ("Point B") where the road you're on continues steeply up, or you could turn right to go down another steep road, or a single-track ("Seven Springs Loop") traverses the hill, between the two wider-road choices. If you go up the steep hill, you get to "Hunter's Point", a great view of the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, and a fun but very steep descent to join up with Seven Springs Loop. It's a pretty fun, mostly downhill singletrack, and a fairly steep climb back up. I've heard the last bit of that climb referred to as "The Wall
Great beginner/intermediate ride.Thank |
FO is good for a quick in-and-out ride, but I should note that it's mostly fire roads that you'll be sharing with hikers. There are a couple of singletrack sections, like Seven Springs and Toyon.
For Toyon, you ride it in one direction and that's about it. It's a pretty easy loop to go back to the start, so it's nice to hit it a couple times. There's a couple of nice tight turns and a couple rollers you can use to catch some light air.
On the Seven Springs side, you can ride this trail in either direction - just watch out for hikers as you can pick up some speed and the corners. We typically ride down counter clockwise, climb up the other side and then reverse direction.
Watch out for Rangers - they love to give tickets and it's easy to pick up speed. I haven't personally seen them on the singletrack sections, but they definitely hang out on the fireroads. The parking lot is small, but you can park down at the bottom of the main road and climb a bit to get to the trailhead.Thank |
This is my favorite MTB trail for quick 1hr ride during lunch time or after work on weekdays. It get very crowded on weekends with families and kids so I try to avoid this place. Parking on weekend is limited so you have to come early or park at the overflow spot.
Start your ride from Cora Older Trail and you will climb up 300ft to Hayfield trail. My favorite route is the figure 8 where you continue additional 300 ft on Hayfield trail towards to Toyon Trail. You will start the single track on Toyon trail until you reach intersection. You can either continue on Toyon Trail or take the fire trail on BayView. I normally make a look back on Toyon Trail single track back to Hayfield trail.
Highly recommend that you continue to Hunters Point and then take a clockwise loop on Seven Springs single trail. Total ride should take 1hr and the elevation of 500ft. The trail is not technical and well maintain by ranger. It does get hot in summer and very dusty.* Review edited 5/5/2011Thank |
A great place to ride when your limited on time. The Toyon trail is more challenging if ridden clockwise, then head over to seven springs loop. you can do a quick 7 mile loop in an hour of less. lots of wildlife.Thank |
There is alo of climbing with nothing great in return. However it does make for a great place for you to connect to stevens creek canyon where you can really get loose and go wild. Great place for a good workout but nothing to get your downhill thrills in after work.Thank |
There are some tough climbs but the trails/fire roads are wide and the view is amazing on a clear day, particularly at Hunter's Point. Be careful when it's hot out because you'll bake on the exposed (and it's pretty much all exposed) trails. And beware when it's muddy because some of the trails drain poorly and turn into clay, which will cling to your bike something fierce and add significant weight, clog your brakes and gears.Thank |