The next Flow Trail at Demo VOLUNTEER WORK EVENT is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16—hosted by MTBR with optional camping at Demo available! Register here to participate in this and other work events.
PURPOSE BUILT | Built specifically for mountain bikes, a flow trail emphasizes speed and rhythm, featuring berms, rollers, jumps and other features that are designed in a way that uses the rider’s momentum to minimize pedaling and braking (think downhill pump track). From the young (or not so young) beginner, to the downhill pro, a flow trail delivers smiles for riders of all ages and skill level.
Learn more about flow trails.
DEMO FOREST | The site of this highly anticipated trail is a 2,681 acre working forest established in 1990 and managed by CAL FIRE. Soquel Demonstration State Forest (Demo) is a favorite destination for Bay Area and Santa Cruz County mountain bikers and contains trails for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, with long climbs and challenging, technical descents.
Learn more about this popular destination.
ALL ABILITIES | The flow trail’s design will allow for a wide range of skill levels, providing more opportunities for riders of all abilities to enjoy mountain biking at Demo. The rollers, tabletops and built features will be designed in a progressive manner, rollable by novices —or with ride-around options—but taking on a different characteristic when ridden with speed and style by intermediate to advanced riders.
Learn more about about the flow trail’s design.
VOLUNTEER | Three uniquely qualified employees have been hired by MBoSC for this extensive endeavor. Work days and volunteers will be coordinated by Project Manager Patty Ciesla, while dirt moving operations will be managed by MBoSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins with Matt De Young’s assistance. In addition to this paid staff, over 40 crew leaders—trained by MBoSC—will lead volunteers in the field. Large scale volunteer work parties led by this inspired expertise will accelerate the project. This will allow for riders to enjoy the trail by the end of 2014.
SPONSOR OR DONATE | Significant financial contributions have given this project an excellent start, but we need help to raise the estimated $60,000 needed to complete the trail. Sponsors can host volunteer workdays, adopt segments of the trail, and purchase necessary equipment.
Learn more about the generous supporters of this endeavor and how you can help by sponsoring or making a private donation.
BENEFIT TO COMMUNITY & BEYOND | The Flow Trail at Demo will be the first of its kind on public lands in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. This type of progressive trail is extremely popular with mountain bikers, and will attract riders from near and far. MBoSC believes that significant long-term benefits can be realized not only in the Santa Cruz mountains vicinity, but also on a statewide and regional scale by showcasing the benefits of modern trail construction techniques. The flow trail will demonstrate the viability of providing mountain biking trails that are intentionally built to be fun and safe while protecting natural and cultural resources.