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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,443/1 ft
Total: 204 riders

Mountain Biking UCSC

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#43 of 1,001 mountain bike trails in California
#737 in the world

University of California Santa Cruz's upper campus preserve provides fire road connectivity between Pogonip, Henry Cowell and Wilder Ranch State Park.

MBoSC is currently working with UCSC and other interested parties on trail development in the preserve. Bikes are currently allowed on access roads only.

First added by megafuntime on May 11, 2007. Last updated May 11, 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
From the base of UCSC, head up Glenn Coolidge, left on Hagaar, left on McLaughlin, right on Chinquapin. Trail has entrances to your right and to your left. There are also entrances above Kresge College and Colleges 9&10.
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  • dunenfool

    Great trail for everybody, the day we went it wasn't too busy. Not too bad On climbing, My 8 year was able to make it to the top of the connector With a break. We basically just an out and back on the Mccrary. I'd like to figure out if maybe we can shuttle it for my youngest one.

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  • Hayden White

    It has technical parts but not enough for a black diamond.

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  • lhogue

    Great trail system with lots of options. It's a bummer that this isn't an approved area and therefore have no signage or printed maps. The good part is that it is bordered by highways and the campus, so no matter where you head, you can easily find your way either out or back.
    The riding is short sectioned trails on typical SC soil and loam. Nice flow sections with some fun natural terrain features providing log drops, ramps, etc. Good kick outs and transitions which keep the trail moving. Feels like a short version of Demo Forrest in spots.

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  • justin70

    Despite the "unapproved" nature of trails in this area, my first visit showed:
    - there are few signs denying MTB access, except very close to the campus (so plenty of other areas available)
    - the area is hugely popular, especially on an weekend

    Trails are fun, though few singletrack trails are labelled - so it takes some getting used to the maze of trails.

    Some steep downhill trails drop down to Hwy 9.

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  • Jamie Rivera

    Good stuff, easy single track riding with a crap load of trails to get lost in. Def fun and easy to come back again and again!

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  • Dave Wilson

    A great place to ride with fire roads throughout and singletrack darting in and out of the fire roads with large logs to roll over and tight corners zigzaging throughout the many trees. Be carefull some of the singletrack can have a few surprises. I can`t wait to go back and find additional trails.

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  • mhmendez

    The climb gets you burning but the downhill is so so worth the climb. Some really nice jumps and really technical decents. Trail dries out nicely after a rain so no worries if it just rained. * Review edited 12/30/2008

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  • Juan_Gear

    Trail behind the tanks is called Dead Camper, Steep, read steep and they will take your bike. If you do not care, when you get to HWY 9 turn west next trail on the right is also ilegal called Lock-em-up. You will walk on you toes for a couple of miles

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