Forest Of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest

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20.0
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Fire Road
↑ 3,200 ft
↓ 4,900 ft
1,665
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Trail Description
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 am going on a trip to San Jose California this coming New Year's Eve and I would like to have some recommendations on what would be the best trail to ride. I normally ride intermediate to advance parks in South Florida with some minor elevation changes such as: Oleta State Park, Markham Park, Virginia Key Park and Amelia Earhart Park. I would like to ride a trail that combines a little bit of everything except very steep and technical climbs as i am not used to them and would like to have a flowy-ride experience. The amount information i found is so overwhelming that i decided to write here to get some advice. I also wanted to know where i could rent a nice full suspension bike (maybe a Santa Cruz Demo?). An also if a guide would be necessary. Thanks for the feedback JJC MTB -juanjo_cas

A: if u want to rent, but they are treks, go to epicenter in aptos.... from there get a shuttle and that is a great day of riding.

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Q: Hello , I like to ride half a day in some singeltrecks in 9/10/16 . I'm a turist . wher can i hier a good bike in santa cruz ? -Guest

A: you can go to epicenter to rent bikes, they also do shuttles from there.

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Bunny Hop

July 1, 2019
 
Review: Rode this yesterday... WOW! The climbs up to the top and back to the parking lot were about 4.5 miles each. But each was gradual and not painful. I hate climbing but I would do this again and again! Anyway, Flow was super fun but tiring. I believe it's about 4 miles long. We rested twice, but that was because of me. I consider myself a beginner, maybe intermediate but going down the descent was tiring for me. I started cramping up on my upper left thigh the moment we entered Flow. Lots of berms, 2-3 foot drops. Can't wait to go back.

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Gramcounter


January 25, 2019
TK34 Gramcounter  
 
Review: I'll call this 4 stars but hear me out. First I'm stingy with the 5 stars. The Flow and Braille sections are worthy of 5 stars - absolutely killer! But the to and from to get to the singletrack is a LOT of fire access road climbing. To get in and out my app says about 10 miles and 2600 feet elevation. Worth it? YES, but be prepared.

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Gramcounter


January 7, 2019
SiBike05 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trails the flow trail is great. There is some uphill at the end but not to bad. You could easily do this on a basic hardtail.

Similar Trail: The one over the hill and through the woods.

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Gnarly


December 29, 2018
gphilvmi08 Gnarly  
 
Review: This trail is one of the best on the west coast. There are a few long climbs, but Braille and Flow make it worth it!

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Granny Gear

July 20, 2018
Lukas4906 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Awesome flow and a nice climb this place is really nice.It doesn't have many features but it's still one of the best trails in SC

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Granny Gear

March 20, 2018
Dylan000 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great, fun trail not for beginners but is awesome with lots of obstacles and technical sections

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Granny Gear

April 7, 2017
 
Review: As of last Sunday April 2nd 2017, all the trails have been closed due to storm damage. Highland drives was open, but the trailhead at the bottom was locked up tight. At the top the tape was removed, but it may not be legally open. I need my flow trail fix soon!

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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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Gramcounter

October 17, 2016
lhogue Gramcounter  
 
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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Forest Of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest MTB Trail 4.68 out of 5 based on 53 ratings. 53 user reviews.
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