I wasn't certain about riding this Sunday, but then I remembered there are a finite number of days in a lifetime to mountain bike!! Note the later start time so you can sleep in after the time change, get stuff done, or enjoy other things in Santa Cruz beforehand.
*Heavy rain will cancel. Forecast says 60% chance of rain on Sunday as of Tuesday.
Let's meet outside Kelly's French Bakery in Santa Cruz.
The plan is to take the paved bike path to Wilder, ride up Englesman fireroad to Old Cabin (singletrack), down Wilder Ridge Loop fire road to Zane Gray (fun rocky singletrack), and finish off with a tour of the coastal bluffs on the way back. We will re-group along the way, taking a few short breaks as needed. We do our best to stick together as a group and not lose anyone.
This is a varied route with paved bike path, both steep and flat fireroads and singletrack. Be prepared for climbing in the beginning and a couple of root gardens. Santa Cruz Mtn Brewery, Kelly's Bakery and West End Tap & Kitchen are right there for anybody looking for food/drink afterward.
Unlike many other Santa Cruz trails, Wilder is quite exposed. Think sunglasses/sunscreen.
Mileage: approx 16
Pace - Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Technical - Beginner to Advanced beginner