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Rancho Canada del Oro

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Nice training ride, open double wide trail, more like a quad track. Lots of climbing and decending. There is a nice climb up to the start of a loop. Great views.

Nothing technical, but a lot of vertical.
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Latitude
37.146686092829356
Longitude
-121.776602268219
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
State/Territory/Province
TX
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 8, 2013

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: RedDogYeti ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Canada del Oro, CDO, is a good ride. It is not technical, but with the double climb it is a good workout for a day with limited ride time. The trail ascends up from the parking lot continually climbing a ridge. You will reach a picnic table for a short break and saddle drop for downhill. The trail is about 60 percent in Oak forest with some manzinita and other varieties mixed in. Poison oak is about, know it. If your'e observant you will definitely see Red Tail Hawks circling overhead. The Trail starts out single track and then becomes fire road after the picnic table. 5 switchbacks downhill fairly steep with whoopTdo's. At the bottom there is a bridge over a seasonal creek in a wooded canyon. As you ascend up out of the canyon take the first left (1/8 mile) and climb initially on fireroad to single track. The second climb is about 800' mostly in the shade. The single track is moderate, not too dificult unless you have had poor priorites about your riding. At the ridge top continue right for 1/2 mile on fire road. On your left will be a short steep single track that takes you 100' to the top of bald peak. The views of Calereo Reservour and the South of San Jose are nice. The descent back down the single track from here after is zippy fun. Not technical, but it will invoke a smile. This is not a monumental or merit badge ride, this is a "Good ride" for when you have limited time and still want to get out on your steed. Enjoy it.

Recommended Route:
Parking Lot up Mayfair Ranch Tr to Long Wall Tr to Alram Tr. Out and back. The other routes are either fire road or closed to bikes. Please honor the closures so the park does not put restrictions on bikes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santa Teresa Park, Styles & Rocky Ridge
Henry Coe, Middle Ridge
Soquel Demo Forest, Brail & Sawpit
Purisima Creek, Whitamore Gulch
UCSC, Chupa Cabra



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Review Date
June 26, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mboldt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I decided to try this one out today. Great cross country ride. The trails are very well groomed and maintained... which can take away from some of the fun. This ride is about 1/2 single/double track and 1/2 fireroad. Nothing technical here, but some fun to be had with great views of Loma Prieta and San Jose. Opportunities for whoop-de-woo style "air" on Mayfair ranch trail. Catamount is the toughest part of the trail for sure. I imagine this trail would be fun in winter as there were several dry creek crossings on my ride.

Recommended Route:
Mayfair Ranch -> Longwall Canyon -> Catamount -> Bald Peaks -> Longwall Canyon -> Mayfair Ranch

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santa Teresa County Park (Rocky Ridge)



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Review Date
May 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Almaden Mike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you're driving down to Almaden to go to Quicksilver, drive the extra 5 minutes and check this place out instead. Dbl track and fire roads with some punishing climbing. Great scenery and some fantastic views from the top of the bald peaks. Unlike Quicksilver, this place doesn't have hordes of hikers around every corner. Many times I go and don't see anyone else. Just keep in mind that this place is much more physically demanding than Quicksilver. The standard loop is a bit over 11 miles with more than 2000' of climbing. Also plan to come early in hot weather as there is almost no shade.

Recommended Route:
From the parking area head up the dbl track Mayfair Ranch trail and come down the other side. At the bottom you'll come to the intersection with the Longwall Canyon trail. Go right here, you can go left but it's not as fun.

After 1/2 mile or so you'll come to the intersection with the Catamount trail. It's tough to find the first time so look for a little steel shack on the left. The trail cuts up behind the shack. Now take a deep breath, suck down some Gu, and get ready to climb.

The trail will climb about 800ft in the first mile, 15% grade, and then mercifully level out for a while before joining the Bald Peaks Trail. Go left here and continue climbing the remaining 200 or so feet to the top. Kick back for a bit, enjoy the view, then start heading down. You'll soon come to the top of the Longwall Canyon Trail and enjoy the 2 miles downhill dbl track.

Finally you'll come back to the intersection of Longwall Canyon and Mayfair Ranch trails. Make a right here, heading back the way you came, for another 400ft of climbing. This last bit always gets me. Eventually you get to the top and then it's a quick downhill back to the car, 11.4miles later.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Almaden Quicksilver (Start at Mockingbird) and Santa Teresa (the Stiles Ranch/ Rocky Ridge figure 8)



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