Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF)

Soquel Demonstration State Forest on

Photo by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray.

Photo by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray.


Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF, colloquially known as Demo), a 2,681 acre working forest established in 1990 and managed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). SDSF 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.

Existing trails include Braille, Sawpit, Corral and Ridge, and the recently completed flow trail.

  • Bring plenty of drinking water.
  • Advanced terrain exists on mountain biking trails. Ride within your limits.
  • Practice trail etiquette. Ride at a safe speed.
  • Braille Trail, Flow Trail and Sawpit Trail are recommended for downhill traffic only. Watch for and expect two-way traffic on all other trails and roads.
  • Check signboards for any current closure areas.
  • Stay off trails during wet weather.
  • Report problems and hazards to SDSF staff. Call 911 in an emergency.
  • Watch for and expect forest management traffic on forest roads.
  • Please, NO night riding or unauthorized trail building or riding.

SDSF General Rules
Day use recreation only (dawn to dusk). No camping is permitted. No nighttime use is allowed. • Firearms of any kind are not allowed. • Motorcycles or any other motorized vehicles are not permitted. • Park smart. Don’t impede emergency access by blocking fire roads or gates. • Respect private property by not trespassing onto adjacent private lands. • Smoking or fires of any kind are not allowed in the forest due to the associated fire risks. • Horses and mountain bikes must stay on designated trails and roads. • Please do not litter- pack out what you pack in. • Practice Trail Etiquette. Be courteous to other forest users. Mountain bikers yield to horse riders and hikers, hikers yield to horse riders.Keep trails in good condition by not riding when it is raining or when soils are saturated. • California Fish and Wildlife regulations prohibit fishing in the East Branch of Soquel Creek.

Learn more about SDSF. Download the SDSF brochure and trail map here.

“Work hard, play harder” – Don “DT” Templeton

June 3rd, 2015

Some of you may have noticed the quote attributed to Don “DT” Templeton on a nice redwood sign at the top of the Braile Trail. Don passed away last summer and a bunch of his friends got together to secure … Continue reading

SDSF Flow Trail Grand Opening celebration recap

May 13th, 2015

Over 200 trail building and mountain biking enthusiasts gathered at the Badger Spring Picnic Area at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) on Saturday May 9, 2015 to celebrate the completion of the SDSF Flow Trail. The festivities, sponsored by Quadzilla … Continue reading

Faces of the Flow

May 8th, 2015

Tomorrow we celebrate the opening of the ‪SDSF Flow Trail. This project was a monumental community effort and we are recognizing the folks who made it happen. If you’re planning to join us tomorrow (Saturday May 9) for the Grand Opening … Continue reading

Volunteers needed for SDSF Flow Trail Grand Opening celebration

May 6th, 2015

This Saturday’s SDSF Flow Trail Grand Opening celebration is approaching fast! We could use some help to ensure the festivities run smoothly. Volunteer needs: Beer Servers T Shirt Sales Setup Help Garbage Monitor Floaters Raffle Helpers Shifts start at noon at Badger Springs Picnic … Continue reading