Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

mbosc_ad_forwebsiteMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is a non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization and a chapter of  the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA).

MBoSC works to promote mountain bike recreation and to expand sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area. Our organization enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, group rides, events and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups.

On May 9, 2015 we celebrated the Grand Opening of the SDSF Flow Trail, a progressive and sustainable trail built in partnership with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Read Adventure Sports Journal‘s recent article on the flow trail here.

Read the recap on our 6th annual family-friendly, volunteer-run Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival which took place in a brand new venue – San Lorenzo Park, downtown Santa Cruz – April 11-12, 2015.

Mountain biking promotes Community, Opportunity, Achievement and Sustainability. Help us bring mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living and create more authorized trail access.

Join, volunteer and sponsor/donate – together we can make a difference!

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MBoSC Monthly Meeting on Summer Recess

MBoSC is taking a break from the monthly meeting for August. We will be back in September with a new board of directors and other exciting news. Details to be announced…

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Heads Up For Temporary Trail Closures at SDSF

Our friends at Soquel Demonstration State Forest shared the following announcement with us regarding temporary trail closures on the forest:


  • Surveyors from the California Geological Survey will be conducting a trail and road assessment at the Soquel Demonstration State Forest.
  • All roads and trails (including Ridge, Corral, Braille, Flow and Sawpit) will be affected with temporary closures, or sections where it will be necessary to walk your bike, during the time period from August 12 through 14, then there will be a one week break and work will resume August 24 through 27.  Additional days may be scheduled after the 27th if necessary.
  • It is expected that work along each trail will take less than one day and only one trail will be affected at a time.
  • Signs will be posted during active work.  Please yield to the personnel working along the roads and trails and comply with any posted temporary closure in order to maintain safety for the workers and the public and also to ensure that this work can proceed efficiently.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns. 831.475.8643
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Trail Design and Construction Classes


MBoSC will be holding two trail work training classes covering trail design and construction. Classes will be held in Santa Cruz and the South Bay. Field days to practice skills will follow and will be scheduled after the two classroom sessions.

Class 1 – Trail design
South Bay – Wed, July 29th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 1257 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Santa Cruz – Thurs, July 30th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 250 Harvey West Blvd, Santa Cruz 95060

Class 2 – Trail construction
South Bay – Wed, Aug 12 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ location TBD
Santa Cruz – Thursday, Aug 13 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 250 Harvey West Blvd, Santa Cruz 95060

Contact trails@mbosc.org for details or questions.

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Take this city survey; speak up for more trails

Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip City Park. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

Emma McCrary Trail in the Pogonip City Park. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

The City of Santa Cruz is creating a city-wide Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan to help guide future park and facility improvements. They are asking for public feedback for city parks, beaches, open spaces, and facilities.

What would you like to see in Santa Cruz City parks and open space? More trails at DeLaveaga? Permanent pump track and dirt jumping facilities? Bike legal trails on city watershed land like Loch Lomond?

We need to make our voice heard if we want trails and mountain biking to be a focus of the parks department going forward. Take this quick survey to ensure that mountain bikers are well represented.

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Course Marshals Needed for Equestrian Event

Let’s help our friends in the equestrian community with their biggest annual event!

The Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association (SCCHA) is hosting its annual Fireworks Endurance Ride on Saturday July 11, 2015.  There is a 50 mile and 25 mile endurance course, both starting at Graham Hill Showgrounds and running through Henry Cowell, Pogonip/UC, and Wilder.  Volunteers are needed to direct the competitors at several key intersections, primarily in Wilder.  How about planning a mtb ride with a rest period to direct some traffic?

Locations and times are:

  • Bottom of UConn/Top of Emma – 6am to 9:30am
  • Chinquapin/Long Meadow Junction Near Twin Gates – 7am to 3pm
  • Eucalyptus Grove – 7am to 1:30pm
  • Eucalyptus Loop/Old Cabin intersection 7am to 9am
  • Wilder Ridge Fire Rd / Twin Oaks intersection 7:30 to 11:30
  • Junction of Eucalyptus/Enchanted/Baldwin 8am to 3pm

For the locations with long time requirements, we are hoping to have enough volunteers so that one person wouldn’t have to be there the entire time.

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