mountain biking

In The Demo Flow

A mountain biker gets airborne. Mountain bikers have long thought sustainable trails might be boring trails. Bell press photo.

Soquel Demonstration bike trail project aims for sustainability

Santa Cruz Super Enduro

Santa Cruz-based pro racer Scott Chapin cruises through a turn in the inaugural Santa Cruz Super Enduro last October.

Registration opens today for epic October event.

Shuttlesmith Adventures and Dave Smith

Each morning Dave Smith fires up his tricked out Ford Econoline at the base of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, California, and heads from this spot near the coast to the Soquel Demonstration Forest at the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Epicenter Cycling

Shawn Wilson and Kazia Pennino

The Saturday afternoon parking lot at Epicenter Cycling teems like a vibrant cycling ecosystem. Toyota Tundras arrive with knobby tires hanging off the tailgates. The adjacent pump track swarms with groms coasting over the rollers and berms under the watchful gaze of proud parents. Flocks of riders pedal up Aptos Creek Road toward the single-track Mecca of Soquel Demonstration Forest.

Emma McCrary Trail

2.2 miles; starting elevation 100 ft; max elevation 460 ft.

Big Basin State Park

Cali's first state park is still one of the best.

The Emma McCrary Trail Rocks

Mountain biker on Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip in Santa Cruz, California. Hilltromper photo.

It sweeps and swoops along the hillside above Highway 9 and the river for 1.5 miles, and it's probably going to make you feel happy when you go there.

Coastline Cruise

As long as you want it to be, up to 10.5 miles; flat
Wilder Ranch State Park

High Tech Delite

Enchanted Loop Trail at Wilder Ranch State Park

10.1 miles; max. elevation 640 feet
Wilder Ranch State Park

Some Upgrades for Loch Lomond (But Nothing Crazy)

Add kayaks and canoes to this pretty picture. Photo by Hilltromper.

Goldilocks-like, the Santa Cruz City Council has adopted the middle of three approaches to bringing back the lonely reservoir, eschewing both big-ticket items and do-nothingism.