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Soquel Demo Forest

  • Jun 21, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Meet at the roadside parking area on Highland Way by the yellow gate at 11:00 AM. You will know this is the correct area by the large number of cars parked with bike racks.

This will be an ADVANCED BEGINNER group ride.  If you are a sturdy climber and can handle the 8 miles total of uphill, and you'd enjoy a relaxed pace descent, this will be the ride for you.  Cut out early for the weekend, and come ride with us!

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 11:10 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 & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guest are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.

Distance: 14 miles?

Riding time: 4ish 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 you're 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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  • Amber

    @Nancy, Thanks for leading this! What an awesome adventure with a great group of people. Looking forward to Corral trail on our next trip to Demo!
    @Renata, Great to see you again, hope the job search is going well :)

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did DEMO said the Tortoise to the Hare. Louis did better than he ever expected on the rocks but not so good on the roots, especially the downhill extenders.Nice group with a not too insane pace.
    Thanks Michelle and Nancy. If being invited and actually going to DEMO is what it takes to sport the colors of SBMBG than I am ALL IN! On my personal measure this definitely is a #&&& PLUS.!

    June 22, 2013

  • Ziza Mares R.

    It was hard ride but we all made it.
    Thanks Nancy for organizing the ride and to all for a great company.

    June 22, 2013

  • Renata

    What a fun group of people! It was a hard ride but we all made it through and everyone stayed so positive. Thanks everyone!

    June 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    Yeah, this was fun, in a "character-building" sort of way! Thanks so much, Michelle, for co-piloting this ride with me; I'm always happier and less worried when I get to ride with you. And I agree, we were lucky to be in the company of such a GREAT group of mellow, sturdy riders. Thanks to all!

    June 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm giving this one five stars for the awesome people on the ride. I am really tired, but at least I can now say I really "did Demo" with our trip all the way out to Sawpit and back up that damn fire road. :-) Thanks Nancy for arranging it!

    June 21, 2013

  • Michelle

    Getting the bike ready. Let's DO this thing!

    June 21, 2013

  • Ray G

    Hope you all have fun out there while the rest of us are working!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Mike J

    I'm taking my name off the list (for now) because work is backing up. I'll see where everything stands at the end of the day tomorrow.

    June 19, 2013

  • Aure

    Since there is a person waiting, I'm happy to relinquish my spot. I'll still be on the trails that day and hope to see you there.

    June 17, 2013

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