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You can either cllimb up Highland Way (long route) or start across the bridge through the
fireroad. If you climb up Highland Way, continue on the road until the first fireroad off to
the right. Continue the climb into the Forest of Nisene Marks. At the sign, take the fireroad
down to the left and do a little more climbing until you see a singletrack trail to the right.
You can take the singletrack up through the woods (relatively easy climbing, with one short
steep uphill) but the fireroad will join up at the end of the singletrack run. Go left on the
fireroad for yet more climbing. Take another left onto Aptos Creek Rd and cross over the
gate for yes, still more climbing. You will eventually get to a clearing where you can take a
right onto the Ridge trail and take a glimpse at the trail map. Off of the ridge trail, you
have a few options for getting back downhill: Sawpit, Tractor, Braille, Sulphur Springs trails.
Tractor trail is a fun long singletrack downhill, well worth the climb. A little bumpy at first,
but smooths out so you can go top speed. When you spit out on the fireroad, head right for
a gradual climb back out towards the bridge where you parked. Though there is a lot of
climbing in the Demo Forest, it is mostly on fireroad and in the shade. You will be glad you
did it because the downhill really pays off!
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