De LaVeaga Slow-pace

  • January 5, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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A slow recovery ride as I heal from my knee injury. First ride post-injury. Gotta keep riding!!

The hillside of De LaVeaga consists of multiple singletrack loops totaling 8-9 miles intermingling between redwood groves, oak woodlands, Branciforte creek, mixed forests and grasslands. At the "top of the world" aka "Corona Trail"- there's a lookout offering an awesome view of the Monterey Bay and east Santa Cruz.

Multiple loops in different directions provide variety (and increased mileage) in an already diverse area to ride. Be prepared for rocks, ruts, roots, drops, flowy sections, short steep climbs, off camber and narrow sections with high penalty for mistakes in some areas. There's a short fire road climb for a nice break between singletrack sessions. This park allows for you to gain speed and be challenged at the same time.

Although small, "De La" offers a variety of singletrack in a beautiful area to practice your technical skills. ~Krista




TECH: 5/10 Wide variety of technical difficulties with opportunities to ride around them


MILEAGE: up to 9 depending on weather


Directions from San Jose:

1. Head south on CA-17 to Santa Cruz- over the hill

2. Slight left to stay on CA-17 S (signs for CA-1 N/CA-9/Half Moon Bay/Boulder Creek/Ocean Street/Beaches)

3. Continue onto Ocean St

4. Turn left onto Water St

5. Turn left on Market St

6. Market turns into Branciforte

7. Continue on Branciforte and look for the dirt parking lot on right side of road at about .2 miles past Goss Ave.

As always a helmet is required for all SJMTB rides and extra protective gear is recommended if you are tentative about riding down rocky trails.  If the ride is relatively short so you shouldn't need too much in the way of supplies.  Water, a small snack, and your basic trail side tools (multi-tool, tube, pump) should be sufficient for these rides.

SJMTB is having a great time riding this year so come on out and join us.






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  • Krista

    Thanks guys !

    January 5, 2013

  • Rick

    This place is a hidden gem. Thanks for putting this event together Krista.

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • Joe

    That was a nice ride and the perfect pace for me. Thanks for hosting, Krista, and it was very nice to meet everyone!

    January 5, 2013

    • Krista

      Thanks for coming out, it was nice to meet you too!

      January 5, 2013

  • Krista

    It's always nice to ride with a small group at a medium pace!

    January 5, 2013

  • Beth

    Hey there, I'll be leaving SF at 8 a.m. tomorrow. My drive will be longer than the bike ride, but I am really interested in trying something new! I'm from Boulder, CO and really looking forward to meeting everyone. p.s. Can I grab a phone number in case I get lost, etc? e.a.kindig at

    January 4, 2013

    • Krista

      I offered my phone number, sorry we missed you.

      January 5, 2013

  • victor


    January 5, 2013

  • Krista

    I rode around the block today. No pain! Ready to ride.

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Krista

    Ok cool!

    December 31, 2012

  • Krista

    Joe it's connected to the meetup ride page and is working. Let me know.

    December 31, 2012

    • Joe

      Found it - sorry I'm still learning to use this site

      December 31, 2012

  • Joe

    Hi Krista - do you have a google maps link to the dirt lot? I tried looking on google maps street view but didn't see any dirt lots on Branciforte or DeLaveaga Park Dr.

    December 31, 2012

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