Sanborn-John Nicholas Trailhead

Trail Closure Notice: The John Nicholas Trail will be closed on Monday, May 13- Wednesday, May 15 from Black Road to Lake Ranch Reservoir for a hazard tree removal project. This is part of the Los Gatos Watershed Collaborative Forest Health Plan. (Map)

Restricted Parking on Black Road: To improve traffic flow for area residents and visitors at Sanborn County Park, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted resolutions restricting parking on Black Road. Press Release Resolutions were also adopted in 2023 for parking restrictions at the far south end of Sanborn Road (no parking due to single-lane road/safety issues) near the entrance to Lake Ranch Trail.

Map indicating parking and no parking areas at Sanborn Black Rd Entrance.


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Latitude: 37.205735

Longitude: -122.037795

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One of the John Nicholas Trailheads is located on Black Road in Saratoga. There is limited roadside parking along Black Road, but more parking is available at the paved parking lot at the Sunnyvale Mountain Trailhead. A porta potty is located a short distance from the trailhead beyond the service gate. There is no water at the trailhead.  The trail is open to hikers, bikers and equestrians and features a 1.9 mile, fairly flat, service road section from Black Road to the Lake Ranch Reservoir.  From the reservoir, the trail ascends 3.3 miles uphill on a 4-foot-wide single track that winds through dense forest with some areas of scenic viewing. The trail connects to Sunnyvale Mountain trailhead and to the south end of the Skyline Trail, which parallels Skyline Boulevard. The John Nicholas Trail was completed in 2014 and was dedicated as a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  The trail is named in memorial for one of the founders of the Park Management Program at West Valley College, who died in 1998.

Sanborn-John Nicholas Trailhead

The address below is for Sanborn County Park entrance


20409 Black Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033

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