Soquel Demo Forest

  • May 12, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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RSVP List Will Open 14 Day's Before The Ride, Check Back At That Time.

Meet at the roadside parking area on Highland Way by the yellow gate at 9:15 AM. You will know this is the correct area by the large amount of cars parked with bike racks. 

This will be an  ~ Intermediate Level 3 ~ group ride, based on my scale of 1-5, 1 being easy.

RSVPing YES for a ride and not showing will get you moved to the wait list on the next ride you do wish to go on. Please be courteous and drop out early enough to give the more reliable riders a chance to adjust their schedules and attend.

Tires roll at 9:28 AM or sooner if all YES RSVP's are present. Please be there by the meet time, we will leave without you! I plan to do only one loop, you may do more if you wish to.

Remember, all riders need to be members of & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guest are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.

Distance: 14 miles

Riding time: 3ish hours?

Difficulty rating: Difficult , steady climbs, technically advanced singletrack with plenty of obstacles.

Trail surface: 53 percent dirt road, 34 percent singletrack, and 13 percent paved road.

Terrain: Smooth dirt road through mixed woodlands to the ridge, cool view, singletrack along ragged ridge, steep desent through lush redwoods.

The climbs are moderate but long. The descents are generally considered intermediate/advanced. However as long as you work those brakes you'll be safe.

The plan is to do the Loop. Bring plenty of water, as well as food, because there is none in the park.

Take 17 South toward Santa Cruz. Near the top of 17 take the exit for Summit Road and do a sharp turn to head southeast (you will cross over the highway). Follow Summit Road as it turns into Highland Way in about 5 miles from the freeway exit. Continue down Highland about 5 more miles (about 10 miles from the highway 17 exit) you see a bridge on the right and the signed entrance to the park. A small sign! There is parking on Highland or cross the bridge into the main dirt parking area.

If your not sure where you are going or think you will be late, please leave earlier. It is not fair to have everyone else wait while you get ready to ride. Bring a spare tube and master link?

As organizer, I will reserve the right to change your RSVP should I feel you're not ready for this ride location or you have been a no show on past rides. RSVP priority will be given to current members in good standing.


***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***

Safety warning: There have been reports of car break-ins at Demo Forest. On the weekends, it's less likely to occur due to the higher volume of people at the park. However, it's still a good idea to remove valuable stuff from your car prior to going.

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  • John W.

    I was getting ready for this ride today and went back to the confimation to discover it was last Sunday. I'm so sorry! Somehow I had it in my head that it was tomorrow. I was really looking forward to it.

    May 18, 2013

  • Ray G

    Awesome day to be out at Demo with an early start before the heat. Thanks all for coming along to enjoy the day!

    May 13, 2013

    • Mike V.

      How was tractor Ray?

      May 13, 2013

  • Joe S.

    A gerat ride. We kept moving at a good pace and stopped briefly to session just the right amount of features.

    May 12, 2013

  • Shane

    Damaged my bike today, have not been able to get a replacement for this ride. Sucks. Was looking forward to it. Have fun guys.

    May 12, 2013

  • John W.

    Looking forward to it! My first time at Demo Forest

    May 11, 2013

  • Ray G

    Only two spots left for Demo. Let's Ride!

    May 11, 2013

  • Andy U.

    Does anyone want to carpool? I live in Southwest San Jose, near Good Sam Hospital, not too far from HWY 17.

    May 10, 2013

    • Andy U.

      Where do you live, Tosa? Clearly, it is most convenient for me if you can stop by my house.

      May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Andy, email sent.

      May 10, 2013

  • Andy U.

    Just want to clarify...It says to meet at the yellow gate at 11:30 AM but then it says that tires roll at 9:28 AM. 11:30 is the correct time, right?

    May 6, 2013

    • Ray G

      11:30 is when we will finish...JK. Meet at 9:15 & roll at 9:28, this will get us out ahead of most everyone else that seems to start at 10 AM.

      May 6, 2013

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