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Sierra Azul

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Fire road very cool views lots of different trees, Oak, pine, eucoliptus. Creeks and some wild life. Enter on HIcks Rd and the first part of your ride is downhill to the creek and then a climb up. You can ride Woods Trail from Hicks Rd all the way to Lexington Reservoir. You can also enter on Lexington side as well.
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Latitude
37.17481651466045
Longitude
-121.86721801757812
Trail Directions
Almaden Exp. - Alamaden Rd turns into Alamiots rd.- Go right on Hicks to the trail head across from Quicksilver entrance.
Trail Length
19 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Almaden/Los Gatos
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: jimlin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Another wide fire road. I rode this starting from Alma Bridge Rd. on top on Lexington Reservoir. Priest Rock Trail had shade at the bottom third of the trail and then no shade the rest of way to the peak. The sun beat down on me like it was shining through a magnifying glass focused on an ant. The seemingly neverending 2000-ft. climb is steep and nothing short of grueling. I did not have a fun time making my way to the top, but the ride down is a blast. The climb from the Kennedy Trail side is shaded all the way and is less steep; I should've taken that route. Views from the top are nice, but not worth the marathon type of ride. Avoid this if you are a casual rider.

Recommended Route:
Start from Kennedy Rd. and ride Kennedy Trail to the peak. Take Priest Rock Trail down all the way or switch over halfway down to the Limekiln trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
St. Joseph's Hill.



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Review Date
August 8, 2007

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: Biking Brazilian ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Your standard run-of-the-mill cardio ride. Very scenic and very rewarding, however not very technically challenging. However, the section called Dogmeat, which is the first trail to your right as you ride up Kennedy Trail, is rather challenging, if only for the high-speed descent and off-camber turns.

Rangers generally don't patrol this area, so feel free to go past the 15MPH posted speed limit.

The Limekiln and Priest Rock Trails are always empty, which is a nice respite from the crowded St. Joseph's OSP, where spandex-clad female walkers decide that walking side-by-side, four abreast across a trail is a nice way to share the trail. To make matters worse, there is usually four rangers behind every tree wielding radar guns and issuing $190 citations for speeding while horses walk by and drop immense quantities of dung without having to pickup after themeselves--yet dogs can't so much as look into most open space preserves let alone go in them. However, equestrians are generally wealthy people and money buys representation on the boards of most of these open space organizations.



Recommended Route:
Stay on Hwy. 17 and go directly to Santa Cruz, and ride there instead.



Comments
Zanate (10/03/2008)
Amen! to all of that brother. Especially bogus is the Dog ban!
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Review Date
August 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tboneclement ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I only rode 6 miles after work the place was empty not a person in site except an Mtn. Lion. Fire rode but the start is downhill to a creek and then you can climb forever. The views are excellent and you are in sun/shade the whole way. Alot of trees and vegitation.

Recommended Route:
Woods Trail...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Quicksilver, Pacheco Park ( HWY 152 )



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