Forest Of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest

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↑ 4,600 ft
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1,665
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About this trail
Located along the east branch of Soquel Creek and including portions of Amaya Creek and Fern Gulch Creek, the Forest contains redwood, mixed hardwoods, and riparian ecosystems.

Soquel is geologically active, with the San Andreas and Zayante Faults passing through the property.

There are several natural springs and small marshes found in closed depressions, known as sag ponds.

Visitors enjoy hiking, bicycling, picnicking and horseback riding.
There are no restrooms and no developed water sources in the forest so please bring your own drinking water.
Hours for use are dawn to dusk; day use only.
Horses and mountain bikes need to stay on trails or roads.
Pets are welcome but must be on a leash.
No smoking or fires of any kind are allowed in the forest.
No firearms or motorized vehicles are allowed in the forest.
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There are two main access methods on your bike:
You can either climb up Highland Way (the long route), or start across the bridge through the
fireroad.

If you climb up Highland Way, continue on the road for approx 2 miles until the first gravel fireoad 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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I live in Oakland and have ridden a lot in Marin and Sonoma Counties. I keep eyeing Nisene and would like to ride the Flow Trail. From all that I have read, its not clear what's best.... a) park at the top, ride down and climb out; b) park at the bottom, do the climb and ride down; or c) catch a shuttle to the top and ride down...? What are the recommendations from the locals? -TRSmith99

A: best thing to do is get off at summit road exit, take that to a parking lot, ride to the top, take flow to the bottom, then ride out. It is like 10-12 miles? round trip

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Q: I plan to come out sometime in the spring. My current full suspension bike is a Specialized Epic with only 100mm of travel. Will that be ok or should I rent a bike with more travel? -Charlie Pantera

A: That will be fine, before I got my stumpjumper, I rode these trails w/ a hard tail w/ 80mm of travel.

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System Trails (9)
System Trails (9)
Aptos Fire Road
Big Ride
Ridge trail
Braille Trail
Hihn's Mill road
Sulphur Springs trail
Sawmill trail
Tractor trail
Demo Flow Trail
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Bunny Hop

December 3, 2016
 
Review: The Flow trail was one of the best trails I've ever ridden. Cannot wait to go back to SC and ride again!

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Granny Gear

October 25, 2016
yoyo2369 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Really sweet area to ride through! We usually start at the bottom then ride the road to the top, and bomb down! I could spend hours there!

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Bunny Hop

October 17, 2016
 
Review: Demo Forrest is absolutely the must-do area in Santa Cruz...Period! Tons of work by the guys from Ibis ensure these trails will be in great shape year round. There a many different routes, so pick your poison. I am one who never mindss the opportunity to mash some pedals in order to earn some DH fun. In Demo Forest there is definitely some work to be done in the earning department. It's a slow steady climb to get to the Forrest, but once you're there, you'll forget you just climbed to get there. Amazing flowing DH rides with GREAT natural terrain features, huge banking turns, and even a few spots to create some white-knuckled riding. A day of riding Sawpit, Braille, and Flow will give you PLENTY of fun and remind your legs why carbs are important when you pedal back to the car. You'll take a puff or two with all the climbing, but EPIC flowing downhills make it every bit worth it.

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Trailblazer


September 26, 2016
MaxwellD Trailblazer  
 
Review: Great single track, and flow trail, be ready for climbing!

Similar Trail: downieville

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Gnarly


May 29, 2016
Hunter411 Gnarly  
 
Review: First time riding here and I want more. It was so much fun enjoying the flow trail. I am getting spoiled riding all these trails in California. I plan on visiting many more times this year.
This morning we are off to Downieville.

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Granny Gear

May 24, 2016
 
Review: The flow trail on Demo is about 4 miles long. Feels 10 times longer than Camp Tamarancho. The Braille trail is a fun technical decent.

Similar Trail: UCSC, Camp Tamarancho

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Granny Gear

May 1, 2016
 
Review: Highly recommend calling one of the local "Guides": Dave @ Shuttle Smith Adventures
831-234-3383. WELL worth it! Shuttles up and back, very knowledgeable and the owner recently placed #3 in his class at the recent Sea Otter Classic Downhill! He knows these trails well. Call him!

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Gramcounter

April 4, 2016
abscam Gramcounter  
 
Review: Flow Trails

First time here and had a blast. Up hill start and finish, but that's the price you pay for the great downhill ride.

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Bunny Hop

September 9, 2015
traildudes Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Wonderful riding, make sure you hit the flow trails segments in demo forest

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Trailblazer

July 10, 2015
 
Review: Wow! This trail system is great. The flow trail is simply spot on. Thanks Ibis, Bontrager and Trail Head bike shop for making this. It's so long that you will stop because your body will scream with tension. It feels like it is over 5 miles of downhill switchbacks with perfect berms. I've done it twice and can't wait to do it again. The Ridge Trail is a great warmup to the flow trail.

Similar Trail: Tamarancho

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Forest Of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest MTB Trail 4.66 out of 5 based on 46 ratings. 46 user reviews.
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