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El Sereno Up and Back

Intermediate
 3.0 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice out and back that you can ride from Downtown Los Gatos, CA.


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9.6

Miles

15.5

KM

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Singletrack

2,503' 763 m

High

412' 126 m

Low

2,144' 654 m

Up

2,141' 653 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Watch out for rangers with radar guns (rare). Helmets required.

Overview

A 2,200' foot fire road climb to some great views of the Bay Area and Santa Cruz/Los Gatos mountains.

Need to Know

You cannot park at the dirt start...you must climb through neighborhoods to access. You can get a speeding ticket on the descent but it's rare. You can also get a ticket for not wearing a helmet as well as for wearing headphones.

Description

There are no big walls to contend with...just a steady grind. This ride can be very hot with loose dirt in the summer - there's little in the way of shade. It's definitely more of an 'exercise ride' with a long, sustained climb to top.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Davidson with improvements by Brad Erickson

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 13 votes

#1

in Saratoga

#3272

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#1

in Saratoga

#418

in California

#3,272

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Half way mark
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA
Cool plants and stuff
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA
Almost there, few more switchbacks to the top!
Dec 15, 2014 near Monte S…, CA
view from top
Apr 30, 2013 near Monte S…, CA

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Aug 14, 2022
Ricardo J
May 20, 2022
Gian Paolo Martire
Long with little breaks. Toughest part was the road prior to the trail. Worth it for the exercise and views. 10mi — 2h 00m
Mar 7, 2022
Jason Ummel
10.5mi — 12h 00m
Feb 21, 2021
ish ram
Parked at the base of Sheldon to save on time. It is a sea of green now
Oct 16, 2020
S H
13mi — 1h 30m
Jun 2, 2020
William Fulton
Hha
Nov 14, 2019
J Przy
Is how it sound, pretty much straight up and straight down.
Mar 24, 2019
Richard Patterson