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Soquel Demo Forest - fast intermediate ride

We'll go for two+ loops at a fast intermediate pace with minimal stops except at junctions to regroup or grab a quick bite/rehydrate.

For those new to Demo, it's a place full of great technical terrain in lush a lush redwood forest. The ride starts off with moderate road/fireroad climbing, but rewards with longish/flowing descents on Braille and Sawpit. These two descents have various obstacles, most of which can be bypassed. There is also a short rock garden on Sawpit (and Cusacks), but they are easy compared to Santa Teresa's Rocky Ridge. Of course, these can be walked. In between these two main descents is a steepish climb on Sulphur Springs. This point can also be used as a bailout for those with time constraints. The final climb out on Hihn's Mill is long but moderate in pitch.

~20mi, 3800ft, 2.5hr ride time

Directions to SDF:

Near the top of HWY 17, take the exit for Summit Road and head east (you will cross over the highway if coming from 17S). Follow Summit Road as it turns into Highland Way in about 4 miles from the freeway exit. Continue down Highland about 6 more miles (about 10 miles from the highway 17 exit). You will see a bridge on the right and the signed entrance to the park. There is parking on Highland or cross the bridge into the main dirt parking area. We will meet at the bridge.

Please disregard the map when clicking on the map's link above. However, the coordinates are correct and you can copy and paste to your favorite map:[masked],-121.850569.

Please remember that our rides require a properly maintained mountain bike and helmet. Food and water are highly recommended. If you have questions regarding gear feel free to shoot me an email and I can make suggestions or point you to an expert.

See you out there,


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  • michael

    And thank you. It was a good ride and luckily it warmed up after the start. Until the next ride...

    December 29, 2013

  • James D.

    The meetup was fantastic. I fell short of being a fast intermediate rider, but Tosa and Michael were patient and helped me along. Being out there and riding with these guys was a privilege for me and I am looking forward to future rides.....Thanks guys, for the great ride

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • michael

    Hi Tosa, looks like maybe just the two of us but I'm looking forward to riding. Let me know if you are still going as I signed up at 10p the night before. I'll check in the morning.

    December 27, 2013

    • Tosa

      Yes, ride is on as scheduled. Let's meet at the bottom of the gate. I'm on a Giant Anthem 29.

      December 28, 2013

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