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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +476/ -298 ft
Total: 71 riders

Mountain Biking Pogonip Open Space

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#30 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#552 in the world

The word Pogonip means 'icy fog' in Shoshone.
The Pogonip area consists of a mix of forested areas and meadow.
Of the 8 miles of singletrack and fire road in the Pogonip, approximately 2.5 miles are open to bikes: Rincon Connector, Rincon Road and U-Con Trail plus the MBoSC-built Emma McCrary Trail, a beginner friendly, 1.5 mile multi-use trail that provides vehicle-free access to UCSC from downtown Santa Cruz.

Bicycles are prohibited on all other trails.

First added by justin70 on Sep 29, 2014. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
1) The Rincon carpark on Hwy 9 2) 333 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060
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  • dunenfool

    Super fun. Sweetness, magic, cobbs

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  • Ted Teyber

    Super duper duper fun. Some pretty big exposure and definitely very challenging downhill. Loops up really well with easier stuff to climb and gorgeous red woods.

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  • OldspokeMTB

    I really enjoyed the riding here. Not difficult mostly rolling terrain through redwoods. It is quite a spaghetti bowl of trails and navigation can be difficult. Dense forest with tons of poison oak so be aware.

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  • justin70
    Reviewing U-Conn trail:

    Nice trail. Pity most people have to ride it uphill!

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  • justin70
    Reviewing Emma McCrary Trail:

    Fantastic flow trail!
    Great, reliable surface.
    Nice flow and features.
    Not super technical, but super fun!

    Unfortunately, there is no separate "return" trail,so there are bikers in both directions and hikers too. This deserves to be a downhill-only trail...

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