May 2, 2013
Hard to beat the coastal views here. Nice singletrack with some loose rock but pretty much hardpack unless you hit the Bloody Nose area, which is 99% sand. Starting from the Hazard Peak parking lot, grab a bike bell and start climbing. Most trail here is climb, climb, climb - descend back to the beginning without much in between. Nice, cause you get the climbing out of the way first!
Nothing too technical on the existing trails, but there are some tight, blind turns so be mindful on your way down - especially on the lower parts of the trail where the chaparral grows taller. The sounds of the bells only go so far! Trails are signed well, it would be difficult to get lost here. Climbs are sustained but on a relatively easy grade, you might get gain a 1000 feet of vert on one loop, more if you combine.
While you can join the trails to make a longer ride, AVOID the Hiedra Trail > Bloody Nose option. The trails are 100% sand for almost 3 miles back to the parking at Horsecamp Road. While some of it is downhill and fun for a few minutes, you WILL hike a bike through a lot of sand. I think these are primarily horse trails but are marked as multi use on the maps.
Its a great are for mellow rides with fun downhill sections you can make as fun and fast you like within reason of course! Can't beat the views and there are new trails opening up this summer going up Valencia Peak. These are MTB specific trails, so be sure to check them out.
Nicene Marks in Santa Cruz but it has no ocean view.