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.