SDSF Flow Trail

Photo by Bruce Dorman

Photo by Bruce Dorman.

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MBoSC is excited to announce the completion of the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). Over 530 unique volunteers have donated 6,300 hours of labor since February 2014 to build this epic four mile trail.

This vast endeavor’s success is due to the generous support of our volunteers, sponsors, donors, and members. A Grand Opening celebration took place on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Badger Spring Picnic Area

The SDSF Flow Trail was built in partnership with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) SDSF. The objectives of this project were to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and ability level, and to increase the diversity of riding opportunities, demonstrate innovative and sustainable trail building design and techniques, and provide a model for other land managers for similar types of projects.

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). The trail’s design allows for a wide range of skill levels, providing more opportunities for riders of all abilities to enjoy mountain biking at SDSF. The berms, rollers and tabletops were designed in a progressive manner, rollable by those new to such features—or with ride-around options—but taking on a different characteristic when ridden with speed and style by more advanced riders.

Riding the flow for the first time? It’s important to note that although the flow trail segments are novice-friendly, it does require fitness to get to and from the trail, and to ride all six segments together. Carpool and park smart – please don’t block the fire lane! Bring plenty of water, plus watch your speed and look out for other riders as the trails are extra busy. Familiarize yourself with SDSF rules and your riding route before your arrival. Download the SDSF brochure (which includes a detailed map) here, and learn more about this popular destination for a wide array of user groups here.

The SDSF Flow Trail is 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 is sought after by riders near and far. By employing and showcasing modern trail construction techniques, significant long-term benefits are realized not only in the local area, but also statewide and regionally. Additionally, the trail demonstrates the viability of providing mountain biking trails that are intentionally built to be fun and safe while protecting natural and cultural resources.

Pitch in with us to build the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest!

Pitch in with us to build the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest!


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March 18th, 2015

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February 18th, 2015

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Rundown of events happening over the next couple of weekends

February 11th, 2015

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