Welcome to Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz County

1978494_10152049499323564_631459955_oMountain 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.

MBoSC enriches the local mountain bike community through trail building, our  annual mountain bike festival and enduro race, group rides, social events, and cooperation with local land managers and other trail user groups. These activities are driven by our volunteer staff and our members.

Get involved with our current project, the Demo Flow Trail —featured in the April/May 2014 issue of Adventure Sports Journal! — a 4 mile feature-laden purpose-built trail that swoops through the beautiful Soquel Demonstration State Forest. This progressive trail is designed for all rider abilities from beginner to pro and is an excellent example of how local mountain biking enthusiasts and land managers can work together to build new trails in a sustainable way. Learn more about this highly anticipated trail and how you can help here.

Join MBoSC/IMBA to be a part of bringing mountain biking into the mainstream of Santa Cruz living. Volunteer, sponsor or donate — we appreciate your support!

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Highland Way road work and closures September – December

Highland Way Road Work

Highland Way is the road which leads from Highway 17 to the Soquel Demonstration Forest (a.k.a. “Demo”) is will be subject to closures until the end of the year due to construction.

We spoke with the project foreman and he said that the road will be closed during the day (approx 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) from Monday Sept 29th until Friday Oct 10th. They will have a large drill rig blocking the whole road for two weeks. Even cyclists will not be allowed to pass because of the liability. After that they should be able to accommodate cyclists during the day.

These road closures will not be in effect outside of work hours or on weekends.

If you want to get to the Demo forest during the weekdays then we recommend that you plan an alternative route through Eureka Canyon via Coralitos.

Unfortunately, this will impact access to the Demo forest in the weeks leading up to the Santa Cruz Super Enduro.

For more details and project contact information please visit: http://www.sccroadclosure.org/

Highland Way Post Miles 3.24 and 3.63 D Storm Damage Repairs Subject To Traffic Delays and Lane Closures Between the Hours Of 8:30 Am And 4:30 Pm Begining Monday September 8 Through December 31 2014, Weather Permitting.
Highland Way Post Mile 0.38 C Storm Damage Repairs Traffic Delays and Lane Closures Between the Hours of 8:30 Am to 4:30Pm Tuesday September 2 Through Thursday October 23, 2014 for Storm Damage Repairs. Weather Permitting
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Summary of the San Vicente Redwoods Access Plan Released

Sweeping views of the Pacific ocean from the San Vicente Redwoods property. Photo credit Bruce Dorman

Sweeping views of the Pacific ocean from the San Vicente Redwoods property. Photo credit Bruce Dorman

The San Vicente Redwoods is a 8,500 acre property between Davenport and Bonny Doon which will be managed by a consortium of land trusts for conservation and recreation. Mountain biking is one of the allowed recreational activities consistent with use of the property.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County has released a summary of the draft public access plan. The goal of the plan is to achieve a balance between conservation and recreation and identifies key corridors for recreation while providing a buffer for mountain lions and more sensitive lands. This plan was developed with community, partner and stakeholder input. MBoSC has been working with the Land Trust over the past year and we feel that the plan is favorable to the mountain biking community.

The public access plan has two distinct phases. Phase 1 would open a trailhead/parking area along Empire Grade road near the Ben Lomond Conservation camp and provide about 3.5 miles of multi-use trail near the top of the property. Phase 2 (the buildout phase) would provide about 40 miles of multi-use and single use recreational trails. The phase 2 plan proposes that equestrians and mountain bikers be on separate trails and that hikers are allowed on any trail but have the choice in which they can share the trails with mountain bikers or equestrians. The 40 miles of trails in phase 2 will be developed during the first phase of public access. The Land Trust and their conservation partners are hoping that public access to this property will be late 2015 or spring of 2016.

The staging area on Empire Grade and the recreational corridor along the east side to connect to the BLM managed Coast Dairies could provide opportunities for an approximately 14 mile 2,500 ft descent to the coast. See the map on page 6 of the Summary Draft Access Plan to see how this trail network could look like.

The Land Trust will be hosting a community meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday September 10 at the Paradox Hotel to solicit feedback on the draft access plan. Please reserve your spot with Eventbrite.

MBoSC has offered to partner with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County in fund raising and will offer trail design and construction for phase 2. We ask that our members support the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and MBoSC to see this plan implemented.

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Construction underway on the Scotts Valley Pump Track

Watching the daily construction progress is almost as exciting as it's going to be to ride it!

Watching the SVPT’s daily construction progress is almost as exciting as it’s going to be to ride it! Photo: Nick Thelan

The Scotts Valley Pump Track is starting to take shape under the direction of pump track guru Alex Fowler. A big thanks to FOX and Bell for the support of their hometown project.

Scotts Valley Cycle Sport has also been an integral supporter of this project and donated a Specialized P2 dirt jump bike to be used in a drawing to raise funds for dirt and construction. Tickets for this drawing are available on-line here and at Scotts Valley Cycle Sport. The winning ticket will be drawn at the pump track’s Grand Opening scheduled to take place in early October.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop on this exciting community project’s progress!

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Allterra Solar Promo Benefits MBoSC & Members

Allterra Solar is proud to partner with MBoSC in an effort to support outdoor activity and celebrate our region’s natural beauty.

$250 will be donated to MBoSC for each homeowner that goes solar with Allterra. Homeowners will also get a $50 gift card at the local bike shop of their choice!

Learn more here.

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AmazonSmile Fundraiser

Now when you shop at Amazon, a portion of your purchase can help support MBoSC! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon everyone knows—same products, same prices—but shoppers can select MBoSC to receive a donation equaling 0.5% of the purchase price in support of MBoSC’s trail advocacy efforts.

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