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Old 04-26-11, 01:29 AM
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Where can I do some beginning mountain biking in the south bay?

I have a rigid MTB that only does city duty.. i'd love to throw the knobbies back on and take it on some trails.. but I have no idea where some good places are. I live smack dab in downtown far from any mountains or anything close to being "off road"

any suggestions?
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Old 04-26-11, 08:15 AM
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I went to Saratoga Gap once and it was pretty good: https://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...4_4519crx.aspx

I think the riding around Santa Cruz (Wilder Ranch, etc.) is supposed to be good. There are also a number of parks up and down the Peninsula. Maybe poke around MTBR for the reviews and forums?
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Santa Teresa County Park? Henry Coe?
I ride a rigid fork as well. As Roja suggested the open spaces off of Skyline Rd (35) are great; I have ridden Saratoga Gap, Long Ridge and Russian Ridge - great trails. Saratoga Gap has the most technical of the three. I have heard great things about Santa Teresa as well, Coe has lots of trails but may be more on the challenging side.
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Old 04-26-11, 09:36 AM
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If you don't want to drive or bike all the way up to Skyline, Fremont Older OSP and Stevens Creek County Park in Cupertino have some nice MTB trails.
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Arastradero Preserve is pretty mellow, but a bit of a ride from where your at.
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I second all the suggestions around Skyline. An even easier one is Old Haul Road, this is where I take my kids. Nothing too technical, a couple of steep sections, but beautiful logging trail under a redwood canopy.
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cool i was thinking skyline might be a good choice.. I like to take drives up there so now I have more excuses i'll look up the places you guys suggested
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In addition to the great recommendations above. Check out El Sereno OSP and St Joseph's ROP both are in the Los Gatos area.
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+1 st joe's is a good start: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_st_josephs.asp

el sereno is a little less trafficked, and a decent little climb just to get to the trail head. there's also kennedy/seirra azul which is tougher but not very technical. and that practically connects to quicksilver. santa teresa has a slightly wider range of terrain, some of which can be challenging. check out the sccgov website for maps.
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