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Route planning: Los Gatos to Black Road
I've spent enough time today searching the forums and browsing Google Maps/Earth and I still haven't found an answer to my question and so I will now appeal to the vast wisdom of crowds.
I'm trying to plan a "scenic" commute home from San Jose to Menlo Park. One route that looks interesting is to head down through Los Gatos, take the bike trail south to Lexington Reservoir, and then pick up Black Road and follow that north to Skyline and so on.
What I can't figure out is how to transition from the Los Gatos Creek trail to Black Road.
Here's a map
of where I would be starting and where I'm trying to go.
It seems like these are my options:
1. Circle clockwise all the way around Lexington Reservoir. This would be about a 7 mile detour.
2. Ride the wrong direction in the shoulder on Hwy 17 for half a mile between Alma Bridge and Bear Creek Rd. Sounds stupid and dangerous.
3. Possibly take a dirt trail for the 1/2 mile section above. It shows up on Goog Earth but it's hard to tell if it's open to the public or gated/private etc.
4. Cross Hwy 17 at Alma Bridge Rd which would put me on Montevina. 2 lanes, concrete divider, 2 more lanes. Sounds even stupider than option 2.
Out of these, #3 seems like the least ridiculous. Anyone care to comment?