July 12, 2007
This review is of the Fir -> Resolution -> El Corte Madera Crk -> N. Leaf -> Methusela -> Sierra Morena loop. Wow, was that fun! Fir is an easy fire road and you dump almost immediately down some sweet singletrack on Resolution. Very fast, very fun. Lots of trees and rocks to dodge. N. leaf is on an often off-camber hill which demands some elegance with your bike handling. Methusela is a sweet bomb of a bit over half a mile. Quite a bit wider than previous trails and there are several jumps to get airborne. Watch for corners. Then up up up about over 3.5 miles mostly in the shade. connect with morena and you're done. Fantastic shorter ride, but the constant elevation change zapped me. there are lots of other trails to extend the ride but haven't been on them yet. Overall, very good with a fantastic fun factor if you like jedi singletrack. Only gripe is the end game climb cuz I would rather do the work at the beginning. Also to note was that I saw several hikers, and this was on a Thursday late morning, afternoon.
Soquel Demonstration Forest.