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Montevina

Average Rating:    (3.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

This trail goes through El Sereno Open Space Preserve, and is relatively unknown except to locals, mainly because it is such an ordeal just to get to the trailhead. The trail is almost entirely exposed fire road. The appeal is that there is never anyone here, and the view is spectacular. At the top you can cruise down two paved roads for some screaming downhill (Montevina, which takes you to Lexington Reservoir, or Bohlman, which dumps you into Saratoga Village), or go back the way you came.
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Latitude
37.22286195676565
Longitude
-122.00021266937256
Trail Directions
There is no parking at the actual trailhead. You will get ticket and most likely be towed! Park in downtown Los Gatos. From Main St. and N. Santa Cruz Ave., head up W. Main (towards the Village Inn motel). At the stop sign (Bayview), turn right, then a quick left onto Pennsylvania. Go up until you get to the end, then turn right. Turn left again at Overlook. Continue on Overlook where it turns into a private road (that means privately maintained, but publicly accessible). About 1/2 mile up, turn left on Sheldon. Take Sheldon to the end, where the trail head is. The entrance is gated and looks closed, but just go around it. There are very expensive homes up here and the residents try to keep this entrance a secret. It is 100% legal, which you can verify with the Open space district at 650-691-1200.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Los Gatos
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Review Date
April 19, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Rudy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think the reviewer is mistaken in saying no parking is allowed by the trailhead on Sheldon Road. As far as I can tell, parking IS allowed between the actual trailhead and the two NO PARKING signs lower down. I think those signs apply to the part of Sheldon Rd. prior to the final "lollipop" of asphalt at the trailhead. The parking here has been an issue for years and years. It's a shame the Sheldon Rd. people are so unpleasant about it.



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Review Date
September 11, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: daveginsburg ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Did it the first time yesterday, the 10th of Sep. About 45 min from downtown LG to the Sheldon trailhead, and then 1:15 to the Montevina ridge trail junction, but plenty of places to stop for a break. Completed the loop via Los Gatos Creek Trail in another 30 minutes. After the Sheldon turnoff from Overlook, it is all uphill, about 25% in the forest. As others have noted, great views and very little use... I saw no other bikers on the trail and only about 8 hikers. There is now a sign at Sheldon specifically permitting access to hikers and bikers. The Open Space part of the trail is in good shape.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Aldercroft Heights, Lexington circular via road



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Review Date
August 3, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jpile ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I live behind downtown Los Gatos so this is my main "I've-only-got-about-an-hour" ride. The steepest part of the ride is on the final curve on Sheldon before you hit the gate. It is a steady, sustained, but never punishing climb that eventually ends at a gate that lets onto another road. This up-and-back is the best of it. Otherwise you come up or go down Montevina which is just a steep road that drops you down on highway 17. About 2/3s of the way up from Sheldon there is a tight right-hand switchback. If you made it this far, might as well finish. Pretty easy the rest of the way until you come to a steep downhill that takes you into a steep, short climb (maybe 30 seconds) that levels out, turns right, and immediately confronts you with another short climb (maybe 15 second) followed by another longer ascent and the final, pretty sustained climb that leads you to another drop down to the back gate. Great views of the reservoir all the way up. When you get past the switchback 2/3s of the way up you can see Monterey Bay on a clear day. Because its hard to get to, there is rarely anyone up there to disturb you. It's not nearly as pressing as Kennedy if you are looking for something a little easier.

Recommended Route:
Go from downtown on Main St to Bayview. Left on Pennsylvania, right on Glennridge, left on Hernandez. Take Hernandez to Wissahickon and turn left. It deadends into Overlook. Take Over look right. It jogs left then follow it to Sheldon. Take Sheldon left and follow it to the bitter end. Very steep. But the whole trip from downtown shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kennedy. Third Gate. Overgrown. Power poles. Dogmeat if you are masochistic.



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Review Date
July 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Biking Brazilian ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Montevina Road is a nice, gentle sloping road that accesses the El Sereno Open Space Preserve. The steepest part is the first 1/4-mile. After that it's pretty steady in its ascent, requiring barely a gear change to tackle.

You can either go back down the road in which you came, but for high-speed antics go down the Aquinas Trail to gate ES02, which is the top of Sheldon Road in Los Gatos.

There are other trails in the Preserve, but most of them are dead-end--but not to the

Recommended Route:
One variation of the Montevina Road ride is what I call the Tom Ritchey Poach--rumor has it he used to ride this area a lot as he lives in an area off Hwy. 35/Skyline Blvd.

Go up Montevina Road. Near the top you'll see a private road on the left called Sherry's Way. Turn left on this road, then turn left again at a fork. You'll eventually come to an old orange gate that provides PG&E access to all power lines in the area.

Go around the gate and start riding. It's not very technical and is overgrown in some areas. Initially it's a nice rolling downhill; you'll climb here and there, but it's mostly flat.

A couple of miles in you might catch a glimpse of a trail to your left, down in the canyon a little. That's the John Nicholas Trail in Sanborn County Park. The trail you're currently on will split; stay left then left again. You'll end up at the Lake Ranch Reservoir. Go to the east end of the reservoir then take the John Nicholas Trail about a mile back to Black Road. Bomb down Black Road back to Montevina Road and you've just completed the loop.



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Review Date
June 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: mustbsuicidal ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail... makes for a good climb if you start from downtown & ride to the top. Some nuggets to be found; lots of berms.

Recommended Route:
downtown LG to top & back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stiles Ranch or Saratoga Gap



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