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Soquel Demo Forest

  • Aug 3, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Meet at the roadside parking area on Highland Way by the yellow gate at 10:30 AM. You will know this is the correct area by the large amount of cars parked with bike racks. 

This will be a  ~ Strong Intermediate Level 3 ~ group ride.

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 10:40 AM or sooner if all YES RSVP's are present. Please be there by the meet time, we will leave without you!

Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & 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.

Directions:
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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  • Dan

    Great ride guys... 16.5 miles, 2hr 33min moving time and over 3700' of elevation gain according to my Strava app

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Andy U.

    As always, I recommend that you use the instructions shown above to get to Demo. Use of GPS or Google Maps will probably put you in the wrong place.

    Traffic can be heavy in the morning going towards Santa Cruz, so allow yourself plenty of time to get there.

    August 2, 2013

  • Andy U.

    The plan for Saturday is to head up Highland Way to Buzzard and then take Cussacks Trail. From Cussacks, we will meet up with the main trail and ride up to Bacon. We will do Bacon and then climb the fire road up to Ridge. Down Ridge to Sawpit, down sawpit to the fire road and then out.

    August 2, 2013

  • Matthew S.

    Is anyone coming from east San Jose/Evergreen area? Car pooling would be cool, my contact info is below. Matt
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    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Matthew, I'm coming from Evergreen, but will prob head out there @ 8:30am to beat the traffic and get a loop in before meeting the group. If you're interested in an extra loop, you're welcome to join me. PS. I see you ride Quimby - my fav loop :)

      August 2, 2013

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