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Santa Cruz Bicycles has just donated $500,000 to help build trails in the San Vicente Redwoods near the town of Santa Cruz, California, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. An anonymous donor has also matched that gift, which puts the local land trust that now manages and oversees this parcel of land at $3.5 million for the new trail development. Their goal is to raise $7 million.

The mighty redwoods! Note: this photo wasn't taken while mountain biking, or on the property in question. Photo: Greg Heil

The mighty redwoods! Note: this photo wasn’t taken while mountain biking, or on the property in question, but it WAS taken near Santa Cruz. Photo: Greg Heil

Santa Cruz is renowned as a mountain biking hotspot, thanks in large part to brands such as Santa Cruz Bicycles, Ibis Cycles, Bell Helmets, Fox Racing Shox, and more being located there. And while the mountain biking is great, very few of the trails in the area are technically legal–most exist in a gray area, somewhere between sanctioned and off limits. This proposed 38-mile trail development could be the answer to Santa Cruz mountain bikers’ trail access issues.

However, not all 38-miles of those proposed trails will be open to mountain biking. According to the Sentinel, “To avoid conflict in the forest, there will be separate trails for bikers and horses.”

The good news is that trail development on this critical property could open up even more access on adjacent BLM land. According to the Sentinel, “The plan also includes trails that lead to vista points and a “skyline-to-the-sea”-like trail that would connect to the adjacent Coast Dairies property, which the Bureau of Land Management says it plans to open to the public.”

In short, this donation by Santa Cruz Bicycles and the subsequent trail development could be the catalyst needed to launch legal mountain bike trail access in Santa Cruz into the modern era.

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  • mongwolf

    Wow, what a surreal place to ride a mountain bike. As an old forester with a background in forest ecology and timber management, I can’t imagine a more glorious place to ride. But of course the sociopolitical context of the region is as largely daunting as the landscape is big. All the best to those taking on those challenges.

  • mongwolf

    Hey Greg, I love the extend qualification you gave for the main photo in the article. =) One can’t be too careful today. Glad to hear the knee is coming along well. Here’s to no setbacks.

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