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Saratoga Gap Trail

Average Rating:    (4.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 52

2.5 miles of twisting single track through a wooded hillside. A great, fast and fun 2.5 mile warm up for those who continue on to the 16 mile Longridge/Grizzly Flat loop
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Latitude
37.25820563896855
Longitude
-122.12333679199219
Trail Directions
From Hwy 17 West in Los Gatos, take the Hwy 9 exit and follow it to the town of Saratoga. Continue on Hwy 9 until the Skyline Blvd (Hwy 35) intersection. The Trail head is on your right just before the intersection.
Trail Length
2.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Saratoga
   


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Review Date
March 26, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: the petes ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Drive up 9 to 35 intersection and park. This is our go to spot for my crew, given its proximity (Fremont Older is closer but..). It's single track (there are some good root / rock sections here and once memorized, some real good roller coastering) til you cross the road and then it's a mix of fire road and trail. We take the long ridge road to the end and loop back to peter's creek and up, then retrace your steps to the parking lot. As mentioned, there are options to extend your ride. Maps are posted for information.

Recommended Route:
see above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
skyline / summit road from SDF to Skeggs/El COrte de Madera = bomb riding



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Review Date
June 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tjay ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a perfect trail when its hot and you're itching to get out and ride. It was single track that is very well shaded and open space fire road. Definitely want to connect this with grizzly flat to Steven's Canyon then back to Table Mountain to S-Gap.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
skeggs point
tamarancho
lake chabot



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Review Date
July 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Quik564 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
An HD video summary of the standard loop at Saratoga Gap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwGAydPrIkQ&fmt=37

Tons of options to add on through , you could make a short loop or an epic. Great views and variety!

Recommended Route:
Start at Hwy 35 & 9, take Saratoga Gap Trail - Long Ridge Road/Trail - Peter's Creek Trail - back to Saratoga Gap Trail. Or add on more miles through Skyline Ridge and Stevens Creek...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
El Corte De Madera, Purisima, Demo



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Review Date
May 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: jimlin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is like a chef's sampler. You get a little bit of everything: ups and downs, singletrack, obstacles, shade. Sections of grouped rocks and tree roots are much more difficult to deal with given the erosion of the trail over the past few years; one doesn't simply fly over or ride through them. Given all of this trail's traits, you ride the trail at a variety of speeds in less than an hour on your way to Long Ridge OSP

Recommended Route:
It is a two-way street. Enough said.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Long Ridge OSP.



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Review Date
August 24, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: stiletto ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great area to Ride. Make up your own loop; hook together Grizzly Flat, Charcoal rd Stevens' Canyon etc.

Recommended Route:
Park top of Skyline/Highway 9. Ride Saratoga Gap in the usual fashion to Long Ridge. To change up the usual "loop", when you get to the Ward road/Peter's Creek intersection, go down the switchbacks to the bottom of Peter's Creek. When you connect back up to Long Ridge, the climb up Peter's Creek/Long Ridge will really test your technical skills AND your leg and lung strength. When you get to the top, ride the loop back out to Saratoga Gap. My rating (4) reflects the climb up from Peter's creek to Long Ridge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
UCSC



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